Growing Russian presence and activity in Ukraine has raised alarms for the US and its NATO allies.
Ukraine’s Commander-In-Chief Ruslan Khomchack reported that Russian troops from different regions have been assembling near the border while NATO said it scrambled fighter jets 10 times in response to Russian bomber flights over the North Atlantic, North Sea, Black Sea, Baltic Sea, and even Alaska.
“NATO aircraft intercepted six different groups of Russian military aircraft near alliance airspace in less than six hours,” said NATO.
As a safety precaution, the US European Command raised the American military’s watch level for the second time since last week.
There are speculations that the increased activities on the air and ground were training exercises but the Russian armed forces have not recently made announcements.
Currently, Russia is still in conflict in Ukraine over the annexation of eastern Ukrainian territory which the west condemned and refused to acknowledge.
Just four days ago, four Ukrainian troops have been killed in ongoing skirmishes with Russian-backed separatist rebels in Donetsk despite the ceasefire signed last July.
Kremlin spokesman, Dmitri S. Peskov, agreed that the fighting was intensifying in Eastern Ukraine and called on both sides to prevent escalation.
Despite their calls for peace, Russia has allegedly continued to deploy forces in Eastern Ukraine which the US and NATO hoped would cease soon.