T24 Foreign News
The Kremlin has indicated that troops waiting on the Ukrainian border could enter the country if Kiev attacks Russian-backed separatists in the east.
At a news conference on Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who has defended Russia’s military buildup, described the region as a “dust bag” and said “if Russia thinks the events will lead to mass civilian casualties, it will not wait.”
Recently, Kozak, the deputy head of Russia’s presidential administration, said, “I support the following assessment within Ukraine: the start of the conflict will be the beginning of the end for Ukraine,” and said Russia could “go to help Russian citizens in the east.” Russia has issued passports to more than 650,000 people living in eastern Ukraine since 2019.
Russia has been building troops on the Ukrainian border in recent weeks. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said this week that the only way to end the conflict was for Ukraine to join NATO. Russia has been identified as the largest gathering on the border since 2014.
Another Ukrainian soldier was killed by separatist artillery fire on Thursday. The Ukrainian Army says five soldiers have been killed in the past three days. Zelensky said a total of 24 soldiers had been killed this year.
Ukrainian leader Zelens will visit Turkey today and meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.