Russian Troops On Ukraine Border: The US warned that Russia has increased 7,000 troops along Ukraine’s borders despite the Kremlin’s announcement to withdraw the army. A senior US administration official said Russia has increased its army near Ukraine to 7,000 troops. Some have arrived as recently as Wednesday. He said there has been a significant increase in false claims by the Russians. The Kremlin can use an excuse to attack. Officials are not authorized to speak publicly, so he said this during a conversation with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
At the same time, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told ABC News, “We have not seen a pullback.” He said, “He (Putin) can pull the trigger. He can pull the trigger today. He can pull the trigger tomorrow. He can pull the trigger next week. If he wants to resume the offensive against Ukraine, the forces are there.”
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the coalition also saw “no withdrawal of Russian forces”. “If they actually start withdrawing forces, we would welcome it, but that remains to be seen,” he said before chairing a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels.
However, Russia, on the other hand, said on Wednesday that it was bringing more troops and weapons back to military bases. Russia’s Defense Ministry released a video showing a freight train loaded with armored vehicles crossing a bridge off Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula.
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