The USA has promised Ukraine support and protection in case of an escalation of “military aggression” on the part of Russia. This was announced by the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry following the telephone talks between the military ministers of the two countries.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran spoke with Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin against the background of reports about the pulling of Russian troops to the Ukrainian border. During the conversation, the Kiev representative pointed to the systemic escalation of the situation in the area of the Joint Forces operation and Russia’s unwillingness to confirm its commitment to the cease-fire regime.
His American counterpart, for his part, noted that Washington was ready to continue supporting Kyiv “in the face of Russia’s continued aggression in Donbas and Crimea.”
Earlier, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky accused Russia of “playing with muscles” on the border. “In this way it tries to create an atmosphere of threat and at the same time – pressure during negotiations on a cease-fire and on peace as our value,” he said.
On March 31, The New York Times, citing a U.S. official, reported that Russia was allegedly pulling its troops to the border with Ukraine.