The deployment of military hardware and thousands of troops to Western Russia is not the beginning of an invasion of Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman has said, but instead just a normal part of defending the country.
Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov was asked by journalists on Monday to justify sizable army movements around the southern city of Rostov. One reporter asked whether the soldiers might get “lost like they did in 2014,” when Ukraine claims Russian forces ‘invaded’ the Crimean peninsula.
“Nobody has wandered and nobody is wandering,” Peskov replied. “The Russian army moves around Russia in whatever direction it considers necessary to ensure the security of our country.”
However, the official said, these deployments should not cause “the slightest concern” for any neighboring nations, given “Russia does not pose a threat to any country in the world,” including Ukraine.