Chargé d’Affaires of U.S. Embassy in Ukraine Kristina A. Kvien said that there will be costs and consequences in case of Russian aggression in Ukraine. She stated this at the Change of Command Ceremony at Combat Training Center Yavoriv.
"To ensure Ukraine achieves its Euro-Atlantic aspirations, we and our partners will continue to support Ukraine as it defends itself from Russia’s aggression. Our leadership has made clear that if Russia acts recklessly or aggressively, there will be costs and consequences," she said.
She also reminded that the United States remained steadfast in its commitment to supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, including Crimea and its territorial waters.
Kvien accused Russia of a disinformation campaign.
"And in addition to this provocative buildup of troops, the government of Russia continues to conduct a disinformation campaign, falsely claiming Ukraine is escalating tensions. Let me make crystal clear — my team at the U.S. Embassy and I know first hand – Ukraine was not, and is not, taking provocative actions against Russia. In fact, Ukraine has demonstrated admirable restraint in the face of Russia’s intimidation and aggression," the message stated.
Earlier, Air Force General Tod Wolters said there is a "low to medium" risk that Russia would invade Ukraine over the next few weeks.