Ukrainian officials denied Moscow’s allegations on Monday that Russian soldiers killed five soldiers near the border between the two countries.
Ukrainian spokesman Pablo Kovarchuk said Russia’s claim was false.
“The Ukrainian army has not attacked Donetsk and Lugansk, and has not dispatched sabotage agents or APCs. [armored personnel carriers] We are not bombarding Russian territory or its border crossings across borders. According to Russian state media, these are all products of Russian counterfeit factories, “Kowartuk told reporters.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba is on Twitter, where Ukraine attacks Donetsk and Luhansk, sends APCs and other individuals across the Russian border, bombards the Russian border area, and commits sabotage. I wrote that I didn’t.
“Russia, stop your counterfeit factory now,” he said.
It came after Russian military officials said earlier Monday that five people were killed when Ukrainian sabotage workers were sabotaged. Ukraine and its western allies have been saying for days that Moscow can make an excuse to invade Ukraine with the immense force gathered at the border.
“Units in the Southern Military District, along with border guards by the Russian Federation Security Agency, have prevented sabotage and reconnaissance groups from invading the Russian border from Ukrainian territory,” a Russian military leader said. ..
Alexander Bortnikov, head of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, told RIA Novosti that members of Russian special forces had captured Ukrainian soldiers who were allegedly trying to enter Russian territory.
Western nations have accused Russia of planning to invade its neighbors, which it dominated until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Moscow has denied plans for an attack, but demands thorough security, including a promise that Ukraine will not participate in NATO.
The White House said on Sunday night that President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on the “principles” of the conference to discuss “Europe’s security and strategic stability.” The White House added that the meeting would only take place if Russia did not invade Ukraine.
“We are always ready for diplomacy, and if Russia chooses war instead, we are ready to impose swift and serious consequences. And now Russia is in full swing on Ukraine. Seems to be continuing to prepare for the war soon, “said spokesman Jen Psaki.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said calls and meetings between Putin and Biden could be set up at any time, but there were no concrete plans for the summit yet. He said tensions were rising, but a foreign ministers’ meeting was possible this week.
Over the weekend, Ukrainian authorities called on the European Union and the United States to impose sanctions on Russia to avoid the war, but the European Union refused on Monday.
Reuters contributed to this report.