The Kremlin accused the United States and its allies on Monday of escalating East-West tensions by announcing plans to boost NATO forces in Eastern Europe and evacuate the families of diplomats from the U.S. embassy in Ukraine.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the probability of military conflict in eastern Ukraine initiated by the Ukrainian side was higher than ever.
Peskov claimed that Ukraine deployed a large number of troops near the borders of breakaway regions controlled by pro-Russian separatists indicating that Kyiv was preparing to attack them, which Ukraine denied repeatedly.
The information coming from the West was filled with “hysteria” and “laced with lies,” Peskov added.
Earlier, NATO announced it was putting forces on standby and reinforcing eastern Europe with more ships and fighter jets in response to Russia’s military build-up at Ukraine’s borders.
Meanwhile, the United States followed by the United Kingdom, announced pulling out their staff and their dependents from Ukraine in response to “the growing threat from Russia.”
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