NATO should increase the combat readiness in Alliance countries that border with Ukraine due to the pileup of the Russian forces at the eastern border with Ukraine.
Deputy Head of the President’s Office Roman Mashovets said so during his conversation with the Ambassador of Canada about the pileup of the Russian forces near the borders of Ukraine. According to him, the large-scale drills of the Armed Forces of Russia and Belarus called West 2021 pose a threat to Euro-Atlantic security. They planned for September 2021 and have an aggressive nature.
“Such actions of the Russian Federation challenge the security of Ukraine and NATO and it should be balanced by joint forces,” Mashovets said.
He noted that one of the ways to improve the security situation might be joined events, including military drills of Ukraine and the Alliance. Such measures should include ground, naval and air components. Moreover, it is reasonable to increase the level of combat readiness of NATO countries that border Ukraine.
On March 26, four servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine died as a result of shelling by illegal armed groups in the Donetsk region. Two others were injured.
Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces of Ukraine Ruslan Khomchak stated that Russia gathers tactical forces from its western and southern regions and brings them close to the Ukrainian border.
On March 31, the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group took place and the escalation in Donbas was discussed. The Ukrainian side offered to provide the observation of a comprehensive and full ceasefire regime in Donbas from April 1; however, Russia refused to support it.