Ukraine tells EU leaders: Prepare for conflict with Russia

Paris and Berlin should brace themselves for a possible outbreak of preventing between Russia and Ukraine, Kiev’s international minister has warned amid unsubstantiated rumors Moscow is increase its army forces on the shared border.

Dmitry Kuleba sounded the alarm on Monday throughout a gathering along with his Western counterparts, saying that the West must keep away from being tied up in forms within the occasion of a battle. “If Russia starts acting, you simply won’t have time physically to coordinate, to go through all the bureaucratic procedures, to coordinate decisions,” he stated.

“So please do the preparatory work now, because if the military scenario happens, there will simply be no time,” he urged his French and German counterparts, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas.

The international minister insisted that Kiev, nevertheless, shouldn’t be trying to escalate the scenario, however will defend itself if obligatory.

Kuleba’s calls for for Paris and Berlin to start army preparations coincides with claims from NATO head Jens Stoltenberg, who stated that the group has seen an “unusual concentration of troops” on the border with Russia.

On the identical day, Ukraine’s State Border Service, nevertheless, rebuked claims that Moscow’s forces are amassing there. A spokesman for the group advised Ukraine-24 TV that it doesn’t “register any movement of equipment or military of our neighboring country near the border.” According to him, if there may be certainly any motion occurring, “it may be dozens or even hundreds of kilometres from the state border.”

The Kremlin has denied stories circulating in Western media earlier this month that Russia could also be plotting an invasion. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “We have repeatedly said that the movement of our armed forces on our own territory should be of no concern to anyone. Russia poses no threat to anyone.”

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US information web site POLITICO drew hearth earlier this month for stories that claimed Russian forces have been stepping up their presence near the border with Ukraine. Satellite photographs printed alongside the article claimed to indicate Russian {hardware} near the town of Yelnya, round 250 kilometers from Ukraine, and nearer to neighboring Belarus.

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