Moscow may use a humanitarian or peacekeeping mission for the Russian troops’ incursion into Ukraine, Reuters reported on Wednesday, citing NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu.
NATO was concerned that Moscow could use “the pretext of a humanitarian or peace-keeping mission as an excuse to send troops into eastern Ukraine,” she said.
According to the alliance’s spokesperson, the concentration of Russian troops on the Ukrainian-Russian border is increasingly escalating the situation and undermining efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis.
“We’re not going to guess what’s on Russia’s mind, but we can see what Russia is doing on the ground – and that is of great concern. Russia has amassed around 20,000 combat-ready troops on Ukraine’s eastern border,” Lungescu said, describing the situation as “dangerous.”
As reported, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said that the risk of a direct incursion by Russian troops into Ukraine was greater than a few days ago.