NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday reported on Russia’s large military presence on the border with Ukraine and on stepping up of the forces. In his opinion, this fact enables militants to launch a new offensive. This was reported by European Pravda online magazine referring to Associated Press. According to Stoltenberg, Russia has substantially stepped up supplies to the rebels, as well as providing them with advanced training and equipment like drones, despite a cease-fire. According to his information, more than 1,000 pieces of Russian military equipment have been moved over the past month, including tanks, artillery and air defense units.
Stoltenberg said the reported Russian moves undermine the cease-fire declared in eastern Ukraine and violate the Minsk agreements entered into by Moscow.
Stoltenberg said this “gives reason for great concern” and would enable the separatists to go on the offensive again with little warning.
He said the U.S.-led defenсe alliance is not certain about the intentions of Moscow and the pro-Russian rebels, “but we are certain about the capabilities.”
It should be recalled that yesterday US Department of State announced that Russian military train “DNR” and “LNR” militants in eastern Ukraine and provide them with weapons. Alongside, more Russia’s troops is concentrated on the Ukrainian-Russian border.