Ukraine's president visits Donbass as tension mounts with Russia

By Reuters6 days ago

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Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A service member of the Ukrainian armed forces stands guard at fighting positions in Luhansk Region

KYIV (Reuters) - President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said he was visiting eastern Ukraine on Thursday, following a rise in tension with Russia over a long-running conflict.

Kyiv has raised the alarm over a buildup of Russian forces near the border between Ukraine and Russia, and over a rise in violence along the line of contact separating Ukrainian troops and Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine's Donbass region.

Russia says the troop movements are defensive and a senior Russian official has said Moscow has no plans to intervene in the conflict in eastern Ukraine that began in 2014.

“As the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, I want to be with our soldiers in the tough times in #Donbas. Going to the locations of the escalation,“ Zelenskiy wrote on Twitter.

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