Russian aircraft repeatedly violated the airspace of Ukraine during the last 24 hours, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said Friday, urging Moscow to "take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation," newsru.com.
“I can confirm that in a number of cases during the last 24 hours, Russian planes invaded the airspace of Ukraine,” he was quoted as saying by Reuters.
This statement was made the day after the Pentagon sharply criticized Russia's statement about conducting new military exercises near the border with Ukraine. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Heigl called Russian military activity along the border "destabilizing" and provocative.
Recall, in turn, Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, said on Friday in a telephone conversation with the chairman of the Committee of the Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, Martin Dempsey, about the accumulation of the "essential group" of Ukrainian troops on the border with Russia.
In addition to the concentration of a large army group, according to Gerasimov, the Ukrainian military leadership uses moto-maneuverable groups of border troops on the border with the Russian Federation, which, he said, are intended "for sabotage activities".
After a telephone conversation between the two military commanders, it turned out that the United States, "if necessary," could begin to supply small arms weapons to Ukraine. Earlier, the United States declared its readiness to supply Ukraine with only non-lethal equipment, including radios and ammunition.