Top U.S. Army Officer Concerned Over Russian Military Activity Near Ukraine

U.S. Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the United States was tracking many indicators that trigger “a lot of concern” over Russia’s military activity near the Ukrainian border. Top U.S. Army officer declined to give details about the options the U.S. has in the event of an invasion, but emphasized that Ukraine’s sovereignty was crucial for Washington and the NATO.

Milley added that there was a lot of national security concerns for both the U.S. and the NATO member states if Russia were to take aggressive action against Ukraine. While he declined to make an estimate about the number of Russian troops, Milley said his concerns went beyond the raw numbers.

Ukraine has been complaining about the Russian military deployment near its border, saying Russia now amassed more than 90,000 troops. Kremlin has been denying any aggressive intentions against Ukraine, and says it has the right to deploy troops anywhere it sees fit on its territory.

Russia’s relations with the West have been tense since its annexation of Crimea in 2014. Russia has also been backing rebels in the east of the country against the Ukrainian government.

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