Putin’s forces ‘massing on border’ | EUROtoday

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Russia is amassing its forces on the border with Kharkiv and Sumy as Moscow prepares for a brand new assault, consultants say.

The Institute for the Study of War stated the transfer is probably going meant to “fix and draw” Ukraine’s military to the realm and put together for operations that goal to increase the Russian foothold within the worldwide border space in northeastern Ukraine.

Russia despatched troops throughout the border north of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second metropolis, earlier this month, and have been slowly making positive aspects.

Volodymyr Zelensky urged Western companions final night time to permit Kyiv to strike navy targets in Russia to assist it defend from the Kremlin’s forces.

“We see every point of concentration of Russian troops. We know all the areas where Russian missiles and combat aircraft are launched,” Mr Zelensky stated.

US and German officers have repeatedly stated that they don’t help Kyiv’s strikes with the Western-supplied arms inside Russia, however the tide seems to be shifting.

Nato secretary common Jens Stoltenberg was one of many newest high-profile Western leaders to name for an finish to the ban.

“If (Ukraine) cannot attack military targets on Russian territory then it ties one hand of the Ukrainians on their back and makes it very hard for them to conduct defence,” he stated.

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