According to Austrian, Russia has more troops stationed on the Ukrainian border now than at any time since 2014.
"Russia has moved 15,000-25,000 troops to Crimea or closer to the Ukrainian borders. This number includes infantry, tank battalions, helicopters, and air defense assets. These forces add to Russia’s already significantly increased combat capabilities in Crimea and along its internationally recognized border with Ukraine. In Crimea, we assess Russia has an estimated 31,500 troops and has deployed advanced air defense systems, such as the S-400, fighter aircraft, and coastal defense cruise missiles," she said.
On April 13, Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba and U.S. State Secretary Antony Blinken discussed all aspects of the Russian escalation that continues in occupied territories of Ukraine along the Russian-Ukrainian border and information space.
The State Secretary assured that the U.S. continues to stand with Ukraine in its counteraction the Russian aggression and fight for the restoration of its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The diplomats of both countries agreed on the necessity to assume joint efforts for deterrence of Moscow from further escalation and any military affairs and discussed a number of steps at this direction.