VLADIMIR Putin sent 7,000 more troops to Ukraine border as Liz Truss warned the crisis could drag on for MONTH.
Russian leader this week insists he doesn’t want war after intense negotiations when tensions peaked – but White House officials dismissed his claims as “false”.
According to top figures in the Biden administration, 7,000 more Russian troops have arrived at the Ukrainian border in recent days – an increase of 150,000 already feared would be concentrated – despite Putin’s claims that he is pulling troops. soldiers back.
“Yesterday, the Russian government said it was withdrawing its troops from the border with Ukraine,” an official said.
“They’ve received a lot of attention for that claim, both here and around the world.
“But now we know that is wrong. In fact, we have confirmed that in the past few days, Russia has increased its military presence along the Ukrainian border to 7,000 troops, with some come as recently as today.”
It comes like Foreign Minister Liz Truss warned Russia could prolong the crisis in Ukraine for months.
Ms. Truss said it was essential not to be “lulled into a false sense of security” by Moscow’s claims that it was beginning to withdraw its forces from its southern neighbour’s border.
Her warning came after the head of Britain’s military intelligence agency said that contrary to the Kremlin’s assertions, Russia was indeed continuing to send forces into the border area.
Lieutenant General Sir Jim Hockenhull, director of the Department of Defense Intelligence, said there were armored vehicles, helicopters and a field hospital in the area.
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In a statement released late Wednesday, he said: “Contrary to their claims, Russia continues to build up its military capabilities near Ukraine.
“This includes seeing more armored vehicles, helicopters and a field hospital moving towards Ukraine’s border. Russia has the military forces ready to launch an invasion of Ukraine.”
Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Ms Truss, who will visit Ukraine and Poland this week with renewed support for the allies, said there was no evidence Moscow was willing to back down.
“We should not be lulled into a false sense of security by Russia’s claims that some troops are returning to their barracks, when in fact Russia’s military build-up shows no sign of slowing down,” she said. signal to slow down”.
Meanwhile, Britain responded to President Putin’s aggression by doubled its forces near Russia’s borders.
As fears of a Ukrainian invasion continue, additional troops, tanks and armored vehicles are poised to bolster NATO’s numbers.
The military presence in Estonia will increase from 850 to 1,700.
Troops from the Royal Welsh battle group will reinforce those already there with Challenger 2 tanks.
A group of crackers 350 Royal Marines has also begun to visit Poland to strengthen a team of 150 engineers.
And a thousand troops are ready to respond to a refugee crisis if Russia Invades Ukraine.
But Mr Wallace insisted: “De-escalation and diplomacy are still the only way out of this situation.”
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