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Russia says cannot de-escalate due to Ukrainian troop presence nearby
Russia says cannot de-escalate due to Ukrainian troop presence nearby
The Kremlin said on Wednesday it could not de-escalate tensions with the West over Ukraine due to a large concentration of Ukrainian forces near its border.

A Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson earlier on Wednesday accused Ukraine of deploying half of its army or 125,000 troops to Donbass, a conflict zone in eastern Ukraine, where government forces and Russia-backed forces have been battling since 2014.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov repeated that accusation and said Moscow was seriously worried about the large number of Ukrainian troops near Russia, Reuters reported.

He said Russia was concerned that Kiev might attempt to solve its conflict with pro-Russians in eastern Ukraine by force.

"Russia cannot take any measures to de-escalate," Peskov told a briefing. "We have seen the messages that more than 120,000 (Ukrainian) troops have been deployed to the conflict zone. This raises our fears that sentiments (in Ukraine) in favour of a military solution to the Donbass problem could prevail," Peskov said.

"This is very dangerous adventurism. All this causes us deep concern because this is happening in the immediate vicinity of our borders."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow was alarmed by Kiev's bolstering its forces in the Donbass region and he would discuss the situation with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken at a meeting in Stockholm today.

The Russian Defence Ministry said it had launched its own regular winter drills in its southern military district bordering Ukraine.

The drills would involve 10,000 troops across more than 30 training grounds. They would also take place in Crimea and in a Russian region bordering Donbass area of eastern Ukraine.

Russia's ally Belarus has also announced joint military drills with Russia on its southern border with Ukraine.



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