British minister has expressed ‘significant concerns’ about Russia’s ‘aggressive build-up’ of 92,000 troops at Ukraine’s borders amid concern that a Russian invasion of the country is imminent.
MilitaryTimes have reported here that a Ukrainian defense intelligence agency chief believes that Russia is preparing to attack Ukraine by late January.
Jim Shannon asked via a Parliamentary written question:
“To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support is being offered to Ukraine to help counter any military action by Russia.”
James Heappey, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence, responded:
“Defence has a longstanding relationship with our Ukrainian counterparts and continues to provide support in many areas including security assistance and defence reform. Since 2015, the UK has helped build the resilience and capacity of the Armed Forces of Ukraine through Operation ORBITAL which has trained around 21,000 Ukrainian troops.
We have significant concerns about Russia’s aggressive pattern of military build-ups on Ukraine’s border and in illegally-annexed Crimea. We remain clear that Russia’s threatening and destabilising behaviour is unacceptable and continue to monitor events on the ground closely.”
This comes as the U.S. has shared intelligence including maps with European allies that shows a buildup of Russian troops and artillery to prepare for a large-scale push into Ukraine from multiple locations if President Vladimir Putin decided to invade. Bloomberg report here:
“That intelligence has been conveyed to some NATO members over the past week to back up U.S. concerns about Putin’s possible intentions and an increasingly frantic diplomatic effort to deter him from any incursion, with European leaders engaging directly with the Russian president. The diplomacy is informed by an American assessment that Putin could be weighing an invasion early next year as his troops again mass near the border.”