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Top US national security officials call counterparts as Russia and Ukraine tensions rise

April 1, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Top US national security officials have spoken with their Ukrainian counterparts, and America's top general held a call Wednesday with his Russian opposite number amid concern over Russian military activity in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, including what the US deemed a violation of a ceasefire by Moscow that led to the deaths of four Ukrainian soldiers last week.

(CNN)Top US national security officials have spoken with their Ukrainian counterparts, and America's top general held a call Wednesday with his Russian opposite number amid concern over Russian military activity in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, including what the US deemed a violation of a ceasefire by Moscow that led to the deaths of four Ukrainian soldiers last week.

"Additionally, we are aware of Ukrainian military reports concerning Russian troop movements on Ukraine's borders. "

The Pentagon had grown increasingly concerned after military intelligence reports assessed that some 4,000 heavily armed Russian forces had been observed moving in Crimea, according to a US defense official.

"It was not totally clear what they were up to," the official said, adding that the US now believes on further assessment it may have been part of a Russian military exercise.

Part of that assessment was based on calls with Ukrainian officials who also viewed the Russian activity as an exercise.

If so, the movement of so many Russian military personnel was a large exercise and may be a deliberate message from the Kremlin to the Biden administration about Russia's strength in the region and its ability to challenge US allies, the official said.

While the topics the two generals discussed have not been made public, behind the scenes the Defense Department has been concerned for the last several days about the build-up of Russian troops and equipment along the Ukraine border.

But Ukraine warned of a series of Russian violations of the ceasefire, including two incidents of mortar fire and large-caliber machine gun fire that led to the death of the four Ukrainian soldiers last Friday.

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