KYIV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s armed forces have performed drills close to the borders of Russian-annexed Crimea, the defence ministry mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday, amid rising tensions on the nation’s frontiers.
The drills simulated Ukrainian marines, tanks and plane repelling an enemy assault, the defence ministry mentioned. It additionally launched footage displaying marines manoeuvring with large-calibre machine weapons, grenade launchers, tanks and helicopters.
Earlier this month Ukrainian border guards, police and the nationwide guard additionally held drills on the border with Belarus aiming to guard the nation from potential makes an attempt by migrants to breach the frontier.
Ukrainian authorities have mentioned Russia has left navy items close to the Ukrainian border after workout routines, with the variety of troops within the space now totalling a minimum of 90,000 and the forces holding a sequence of large-scale drills.
U.S. officers mentioned they had been fearful concerning the build-up of Russian navy energy close to Ukraine and the migrant stand-off between Belarus, an in depth ally of Russia, and the European Union.
However Russia has complained about what it has referred to as a harmful enhance in navy exercise by the USA and its allies within the Black Sea area, with higher Western spy airplane exercise, extra strategic bombers flights and the presence of two U.S. warships.
Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula, was annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014.
This spring, Moscow alarmed Kyiv and Western capitals by increase greater than 100,000 of troops alongside the border with Ukraine, although it later ordered them again to base.
(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Enhancing by Alex Richardson)