“Ukraine must be ready and ready to repel Russia’s armed aggression in any direction. We have strengthened the protection of the state border with reserves. enemy actions, inflict maximum fire damage and wait for the approach of the main forces of our army, “he said.
According to the head of the State Border Guard Service, the situation in 2021 is “radically different” from what happened in 2014.
“Then we did not have such a situation on the border with Belarus, then Crimea was just captured, and there was no such powerful group of Russian troops. There was no question of seizing water by the invaders,” Deineko explained.
RF since the end of March built up troops near the border with Ukraine and in the occupied Crimea. Ukrainian intelligence said that Russia wanted to expand the military presence on the territory controlled by the “DPR” and “LPR” militants through the introduction of regular units of the armed forces of the Russian Federation, and did not rule out an attempt to move Russian troops deep into the territory of Ukraine.
The head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Kirill Budanov said on April 14 that the Russian Federation had pulled it to the border with Ukraine at least 89 thousand military… EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Josep Borrell said on April 19 that at the Ukrainian borders concentrated about 100 thousand Russian military… Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, without naming the exact size of the Russian forces, noted that “this is the largest build-up we’ve seen since 2014”.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on April 13 that Russia had deployed two armies and three airborne troops to the “western borders” in three weeks, all of which are involved in exercises that will be completed within 14 days… On April 22, he announced that the set goals had been achieved and that from April 23 troops begin to return to their permanent deployment points… At the same time, he said that the equipment and weapons of the 41st Combined Arms Army, which will be involved in the exercises in September, will remain at the Pogonovo training ground in the Voronezh region.
Russia partially withdrawn the military from the occupied Crimea, but on the eastern border of Ukraine, in the Voronezh region, they remained, said the head of the State Border Service of Ukraine Serhiy Deineko on April 28.
On May 5, The New York Times, citing senior officials in the US Presidential Administration Joe Biden, reported that Russia has withdrawn several thousand servicemenbut some 80,000 troops remain along the border with Ukraine, which is still the largest amount of forces that Russia has accumulated there since the annexation of Crimea in 2014.
On May 11, US State Department Speaker Ned Price announced that military tensions on the border between Ukraine and Russia remain, since the Russian Federation withdrew only part of the troops.