, Dec 9 () –
The Russian Government has denounced this Thursday the transfer of “heavy weapons” by Kiev to eastern Ukraine, while it has branded as “lies” the reports that would point to a possible invasion by Russia, amid the escalation of tensions that exist in the border.
The spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zajarova, reported that “the OSCE special observation mission in Ukraine has detected the transfer by Kiev of heavy weapons, including large-caliber artillery and armored vehicles, east of the country, as well as the use of drones, “according to the Russian news agencies Sputnik.
For his part, the Chief of the General Staff of Russia, Valery Gerasimov, on Thursday called “lies” the reports that would point to a possible invasion of Moscow, while he insisted that “any provocation by the Ukrainian authorities to resolve the problems in Donbas will be forcibly suppressed. “
In a meeting with diplomats, Gerasimov stressed that “NATO countries pay excessive attention to the movement of troops in the territory of the Russian Federation,” reports TASS, while defending that the deployment of troops is a “practice routine “, and that as long as they are carried out in its national territory,” they do not require notification. “
“The information circulating in the media about the supposedly imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine is a lie,” he concluded.
Russia maintains an unusual military concentration on the border with Ukraine, where it has deployed heavy equipment, armed vehicles, tanks, drones and electronic systems with combat forces, which has set off alarms in Kiev and in NATO about a possible aggression, after Russia already invaded its neighbor in 2014 and annexed the Crimean peninsula.