Bigger Than 2014: US Calls Out Russian Military Buildup Along Ukraine Border – By Jeff Seldin (VOA News) / April 19 2021
WASHINGTON – The United States renewed concerns about Russian military maneuvers along its border with Ukraine, charging that Moscow has now massed more troops in the area than when it invaded and seized Crimea seven years ago.
“It is certainly bigger than that,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters Monday, calling the ongoing buildup of Russian forces “very seriously concerning.”
“In general, we have continued to see this buildup increase,” he said. “We certainly heard the Russians proclaim that this is all about training. It’s not completely clear to us that that’s exactly the purpose.”
The Pentagon’s assertion is a slight change from previous statements, when it categorized the Russian troop buildup as merely the largest since the 2014 invasion of Crimea. And it follows similar intelligence assessments by European Union officials, who alleged there are now more than 100,000 Russian troops in the area.