"Russia cannot take any measures to de-escalate. We have seen the messages that more than 120,000 (Ukrainian) troops have been deployed to the conflict zone.
"This raises our fears that sentiments (in Ukraine) in favour of a military solution to the Donbass problem could prevail,".
"This is very dangerous adventurism. All this causes us deep concern because this is happening in the immediate vicinity of our borders."
Yet only a few days ago he was saying (and echoed by his supporters), that whatever Russia does within its own borders shouldn't be of concern to anybody:Ukraine complained last week that Russia has kept tens of thousands of troops not far from the two countries' borders.www.politico.com
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov dismissed Western media reports that Moscow has intentions to invade Ukraine as a “hollow and unfounded attempt to incite tensions.”
“Russia doesn't threaten anyone,” Peskov said during a conference call with reporters. “The movement of troops on our territory shouldn't be a cause for anyone's concern.”
A plot by Ukrainian agents to stage a terrorist attack and strike strategically important military sites has been prevented, Russia’s top security agency has announced after detaining three men allegedly preparing to carry it out.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the FSB announced that it had thwarted “intelligence and sabotage activities on the territory of three Russian regions.”
Two men – named as Zinoviy Koval and his 22-year-old-son, Igor - confessed that they had been recruited by a member of Ukraine’s SBU security service, who had given them the task of gathering information about sensitive sites in Russia in exchange for a $10,000 reward. The FSB says that it had also detained an officer from Ukrainian Military Intelligence “sent to our country with the intent of committing a terrorist act.”
Completely off topic sort of but, near where I live (S Wales) there is a cemetery with a grave of a Ukrainian chap who died in 1948. He was iirc in his 40s when he passed. His grave is in the shape of, approximately, an Iron Cross though I think it may be a Ukrainian version of the normal Christian symbol. I have wondered who he was and how he came to be where he was, at a time when migration was much less of a thing than today. An exile after the War perhaps?
NATO showing sIgnificant unity on its view of the situation:
The U.S. is "deeply concerned by evidence that Russia has made plans for significant aggressive moves against Ukraine," Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday.abcnews.go.com
Blinken said, Russia has not only massed combat forces, it's also "intensified disinformation to paint Ukraine as the aggressor" -- increasing anti-Ukrainian propaganda by more than tenfold to levels not seen since its 2014 invasion. Russia's "plans include efforts to destabilize Ukraine from within, as well as large-scale military operations," he added.
Ukraine is a partner to the NATO alliance which supports it in its independent statehood.What has it got to do with NATO?