The U.S. military, are carefully watching the movement of Russian troops and equipment after the annexation of Crimea to Russia, found no evidence of direct Russian threat to Ukraine, writes The Wall Street Journal, citing a senior official of the Pentagon.
According to the interlocutor of the edition, changes in the military tactics of Russia correspond to the plans. “This long-term trend, there is nothing new,” he said.
According to the source, the Pentagon expects to strengthen Crimea, the Russian military will practice the practical actions of the amphibious assault and air defense. The U.S. military also expects that Russia will continue the rotation of troops and equipment in the area.
As the WSJ notes, some US-based analysts in recent weeks have pointed to Russia’s plans to reorient its forces to areas of potential conflict, but clarified that the move does not mean that military action is inevitable.
The Russian defense Ministry has not responded to a request for comments by email, the newspaper said.
Some U.S. officials and their allies believe that Russia’s strategy aimed to provoke a sharp reaction of Kiev, which in turn could weaken the EU’s position on sanctions. “Russia wants to show that he can put pressure on Kiev to trigger his reaction,” said one of the Western officials.
Thursday, August 18, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has not ruled out a full-scale invasion of Russian military in Ukraine “in all directions” and stressed that Kiev is ready “to repulse the enemy.” The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that the Russian foreign Ministry could not understand what he is talking about Poroshenko, saying about the possibility of a full-scale Russian invasion.
Poroshenko statement was made on the background of the development of the investigation was prepared in the Crimea the attacks, which accused the Ukrainian saboteurs. After that, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin said that Kiev has transferred to the practice of “terror”, but in Ukraine, his words are called “fantasies”.