Kiev accuses Moscow of misinformation about Donbass

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Ukraine on Friday dismissed the Kremlin's accusations of preparing for a military offensive against pro-Russian separatists, accusing Moscow of disinformation and of seeking a pretext to attack it.

The forcible liberation of the occupied territories will inevitably lead to high civilian and military casualties, which is unacceptable to Ukraine, said the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, General Ruslan Khomtchak.

Kiev supports a solution political and diplomatic to recover the territories that have escaped him since the start of this conflict in 2014, he said on Facebook. He denounces a disinformation campaign piloted by Russia and claims that the Ukrainian army was preparing an offensive.

Ukraine fears that Moscow, widely regarded as the military godfather of the separatists despite its denials, is looking for a pretext to start an invasion.

<q data-attributes = '{"lang": {"value": "fr", "label": "Français"}, "value": {"html": "If the Kremlin is looking for a casus belli by cynically publishing false information, the world must take it seriously "," text ":" If the Kremlin is looking for a casus belli by cynically publishing false information, the world must take it seriously "}} 'lang =" en”>If the Kremlin is looking for a casus belli by cynically posting false information, the world must take it seriouslythe Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

Washington, Berlin and Paris reassured Ukraine of their support against Russian provocations following telephone discussions on Friday between the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, and his French and German counterparts, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas.

According to a State Department spokesperson, MM. Blinken and Le Drian stressed that Moscow must stop its dangerous and irresponsible rhetoric and its military reinforcements in Crimea as well as along the Russian-Ukrainian border.

Russian troops at the border

Kiev and the West accuse Moscow of having massed troops on the Ukrainian border and in Crimea, a peninsula annexed in 2014, while armed attacks in eastern Ukraine have become almost daily.

Since the start of the year, 26 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed there compared to 50 last year, according to the Ukrainian presidency. The separatists have reported the loss of at least twenty of their fighters since January.

Faced with concerns, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the front lines on Thursday and Friday.

Russia, for its part, accuses Kiev of preparing an offensive against the rebels and threatens to come to the rescue of the population of the separatist zones, where hundreds of thousands of Russian passports have been distributed.

Ukrainian side's behavior raises the risk of large-scale fightingKremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.

In the event the fighting begins and a potential repeat of a similar humanitarian disaster in Srebrenica, not a single country in the world will be left out (…) including Russia., he added, referring to the 1995 genocide in Bosnia.

Kiev has increased its contacts with the West, receiving the support of German Chancellor Angela Merkel who called for reducing the Russian military presence in eastern Ukraine, during a telephone interview Thursday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Washington strengthens its presence in the Black Sea

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki argued that the number of Russian military personnel on the Ukraine border has never been higher since the conflict began in 2014.

Washington will send two warships to the Black Sea via the Bosphorus Strait, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

Moscow retorts that its troop movements are not threatening. Russia is free to take measures to ensure its security in the face of the explosive situation in Ukraine, Peskov said on Friday.

The war in Donbass began in April 2014, in the wake of a pro-Western revolution in Ukraine that was also followed by Moscow's annexation of the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula.

This conflict has left more than 13,000 dead and nearly 1.5 million displaced.

The intensity of the fighting had largely declined after the Minsk peace accords in 2015, but the political settlement of the conflict is not moving forward.

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