Ambassador of Sweden to Ukraine Tobias Thyberg stated that the European Union will prepare an assessment of the security situation on the Ukrainian border, where there is a concentration of Russian troops as the President’s Office reported after the meeting of Thyberg and Deputy Head of the Office Roman Mashovets.
"Roman Mashovets informed Tobias Thyberg about the complication of the situation in eastern Ukraine and the concentration by the Russian Federation along the Ukrainian border of an armed group that is ready to be used against our state at any time," the message says.
The official also expressed concern about the exercises of the Russian army directed against Ukraine and the use of the territory of Belarus by Moscow for a possible expansion of aggression against Ukraine.
Moreover, Mashovets noted that Russia is actively using information, energy and other non-military resources as weapons, including in the context of the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.
For his part, Thyberg stressed that Sweden, as the OSCE chairing country, carefully monitors the security situation around Ukraine, makes efforts to stabilize it, and also contributes to the coordination of actions between the United States and the European Union to ensure security in Europe.
"The European Union must understand well and properly assess the security situation in order to prepare the necessary response," the Swedish ambassador underlined.
Mashovets and Thyberg agreed to further exchange information on the situation in eastern Ukraine and near its eastern borders.
As we reported, Politico published new satellite photos taken by Western experts on Monday confirm recent reports that Russia is again concentrating troops and military hardware on the border with Ukraine. The images were taken by Colorado-based US space technology company Maxar Technologies.
However, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksiy Danilov denied this information and called it “deliberate disinformation”.
At the same time, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said that Pentagon is monitoring Russian military activity near Ukraine.