‘Very Sizable’ Russian Force on Ukrainian Border, NATO Chief Warns

“Russian forces are positioned to make a run into the Moldovan region of Transdniestria.”

TIME

Russian military exercises on Ukraine’s eastern border have Western powers concerned over what Russian President Vladimir Putin’s next move could be, NATO’s top military official said Sunday.

“The [Russian] force that is at the Ukranian border now to the east is very, very sizable and very, very ready,” said U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, in a speech at the German Marshall Fund think tank. More than a week ago Russia began military exercises near the Ukrainian border involving 8,500 artillery men, Reuters reports.

Breedlove called it “very worrisome” that Russian forces are positioned to make a run into the Moldovan region of Transdniestria, a Russian-speaking separatist region that shares a border with southwestern Ukraine. The speaker of Transdniestria’s separatist parliament has urged Putin to incorporate the region into the Russian Federation, as Moscow did with Crimea, formerly in Ukraine, last week. Transdniestria attempted…

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