US urges Russia not to ‘intimidate’ Ukraine – International

The United States warned Russia on Thursday to refrain from “intimidating” Ukraine after the country claimed that Moscow is sending troops to its border.

“We are absolutely concerned about Russia’s recent escalation of aggressive and provocative actions in eastern Ukraine,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.

“We are opposed to aggressive actions aimed at intimidating and threatening our partner Ukraine”.

Ukrainian and American officials have reported military movements in Crimea, which Russia has annexed from Ukraine, as well as in areas on the Donbass border under the control of Moscow-backed separatists.

Both US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken have asked their Ukrainian counterparts to underline their support.

In a call to Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Blinken “affirmed the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of continued Russian aggression in Donbass and Crimea,” Price said.

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