NATO Says Russia Hasn’t Moved Troops Despite Its Claims

NATO Says Russia Hasn't Moved Troops Despite Its Claims

( – On February 14, the US warned Russia was increasing its military presence at its border with Ukraine and could invade at any time. The next day, Russia’s Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov announced the withdrawal of some of the country’s troops. NATO isn’t buying it.

On Wednesday, February 16, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters that the international alliance hasn’t “seen any withdrawal of Russian forces.” He went on to say President Vladimir Putin has actually increased the number of soldiers in the region, and more are on the way. Stoltenberg said the claims Russia was pulling forces back “contradicts the message of real diplomatic efforts.”

US Ambassador to Ukraine Kristina Kvien called Russia a “bully,” and said the US is shredding sensitive documents before moving the embassy six hours west to Lviv. She told reporters there isn’t any evidence Russia is pulling back; the State Department agreed.

State Department Press Secretary Ned Price told the press Russia has moved more troops to the border and they are “moving … into fighting positions.” He said it’s profoundly concerning. There are also concerns Russian propaganda could spark a war.

In short, the situation in Ukraine is still as tense as ever and seems to be getting worse by the day.

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