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"Russia should not gather troops on the border with Ukraine" / NATO warns Moscow and gives a strong message: It is disturbing and unjustifiable that…

"Russia should not gather troops on the border with Ukraine" / NATO

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg urged Moscow not to continue assembling its troops on the border with Ukraine, and expressed the alliance's "unwavering" support.

In a press conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Stoltenberg said that NATO "stands by Ukraine".

According to him, the Russian actions are "unjustifiable, inexplicable and deeply disturbing."

The comments come amid growing violations of the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian government forces have been fighting pro-Russian separatists since 2014.

In 2014, Russia illegally annexed the Ukrainian Peninsula of Crimea.

Russia has deployed thousands of troops on Ukraine's borders. "It is their largest gathering since the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014. In recent days, several Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in eastern Ukraine," Stoltenberg said.

Kuleba sounded challenging to Moscow, saying Ukraine and its Western partners are more prepared than they were seven years ago.

"If Moscow takes any reckless action or starts new violence, it will be costly in every sense," Kuleba said.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will arrive in Brussels on Wednesday, where he and Stoltenberg will assess the gathering of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine.

"Russia must put an end to this military aggression in and around Ukraine and stop its provocations," he said.