US Department of the State assumes that the amassment of Russian forces near the eastern Ukrainian border is Moscow's attempt to intimidate Ukraine. Ned Price, press secretary of the authority said so during the briefing on April 1.
"What we would object to are aggressive actions, actions that have an intent of intimidating, of threatening our partner in Ukraine. We have made the conclusion that Russia’s recent escalations and aggressive and provocative actions in eastern Ukraine are just that", Price said.
He confirmed that the White House was concerned about the recent escalation of violence in Donbas and Russia's aggressive actions, including the ceasefire violations on March 26, which lead to the death of four Ukrainian soldiers.
"Russia’s destabilizing actions undermine the de-escalation intentions achieved through the OSCE-brokered agreement of July of last year", Price added.
"We are aware of Ukrainian military reports concerning Russian troop movements in – on Ukraine’s borders. We are discussing our concerns about that increase in tensions and ceasefire violations and regional tensions with NATO Allies. We will continue to be in close touch with our partners in Kyiv and in Ukraine more broadly in the face of these recent escalations", the official concluded.
Earlier, Lt.Gen. Ruslan Khomchak, the Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces of Ukraine said that the Russian Federation gathered tactical forces near Ukraine's eastern borders. On March 31, Pentagon claimed that the White House is going to "turn to Russia, asking to explain these events".
Ambassadors of NATO member countries also expressed their concerns about the build-up of Russian military presence near the borders of Ukraine and said that Moscow was undermining peaceful efforts in Donbas.