- Russia Warns New Donbas Conflict Could ‘Destroy’ Ukraine, NATO Rebukes Moscow
by EURACTIV.com with Reuters and AFP, https://www.euractiv.com/
Russia warned on Thursday (1 April) that a serious escalation in the conflict in Donbas could “destroy” Ukraine as NATO voiced concern over what it said was a big Russian military build-up near eastern Ukraine.
Unverified social media footage has suggested Russia has been moving large quantities of tanks, armoured personnel carriers and other equipment to regions that border Ukraine as well as to Crimea, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
The Russian activity poses an early challenge to US President Joe Biden’s administration, which this week held phone calls with senior Ukrainian officials in a public show of support for President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s government.