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Ukraine estimates probability of major escalation with Russia as low – Defence Minister

Ukraine estimates the probability of a major escalation of conflict with Russia to be low, Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov told parliament on Friday (February 18).
“Our intelligence sees every move that could pose a potential threat to Ukraine,” Reznikov said
“We estimate the probability of a large-scale escalation as low,” he added.
He said Russia had amassed some 149,000 troops around Ukraine and another several thousand were expected to arrive in the near future. Russia’s military build-up has raised Western fears that it will invade Ukraine. Moscow denies any such plans.
The Kyiv government said the rebels fired artillery or mortars four times on Friday.
Separately, Reznikov said Ukraine had no plans to launch an offensive on the rebels’ positions.
Kyiv and the pro-Russian separatists have been at war for eight years and the ceasefire between the sides is routinely violated, but the intensity of fighting increased notably this week.The post Ukraine estimates probability of major escalation with Russia as low – Defence Minister first appeared on Ariana News.

Source: Ariana News

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