WASHINGTON — An American envoy is raising the alarm, as if current events in Ukraine aren’t alarming.
Reuters reported that the envoy, Daniel Baer, told reporters that there was “strong evidence” of significant numbers of Russian troops. He is the U.S. envoy to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (known as OSCE), composed of 57 countries including Russia.
He was quoted as saying:
“We have strong evidence that there are tens of thousands of forces on the border and again not in their normal peacetime positions or garrisons…”
“What the Russian Federation should be doing is taking steps to de-escalate the crisis. They have played a principal role in the crisis and there are clear practical steps they can take to de-escalate.”
The Russian delegation did not address any concerns during the meeting, said Baer.
After taking Crimea and officially annexing it, which forced Ukraine to withdraw their forces from the peninsula. The West only responded with weak sanctions on a handful of government officials. Now, Russia may be trying to seize the eastern portions of the country. Pro-Russia demonstrators seized government buildings in eastern Ukraine, in major cities like Donetsk, as BBC News reported today.