The US Embassy in Ukraine on Wednesday, November 24, issued a warning to the citizens of the United States regarding the allegedly observed Russian military activity near the borders of Ukraine and in Crimea.
“Recommendations for moving through the territory of Ukraine remain at level 4 – do not travel to Crimea <...>, to the eastern parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions due to the ongoing armed conflict there, avoid traveling through the territory of Ukraine because of COVID-19,” says in the message.
On November 22, the American agency Bloomberg, citing sources, reported that, according to US intelligence, Russia could allegedly plan an attack on Ukraine in early 2022 and conduct it from three directions, including through Belarus.
On the same day, the permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said that there was no tension on the border between Russia and Ukraine, Russian troops were moving on their territory.
At the same time, the vice-speaker of the Federation Council, Konstantin Kosachev, noted that the Russian Federation has never used and will not use its Armed Forces in the south-east of Ukraine.
On November 20, the CBS News TV channel, citing sources, said that the alleged threat of a Russian attack on Ukraine is growing with the approach of cold weather. The head of the intelligence department of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Kirill Budanov, also announced similar plans.
In response to his words, Ukrainian political scientist Mikhail Pogrebinsky said that it was a fake or a political game. The expert considered that the task of such a statement is to tune in the right mood the Ukrainians and European partners in NATO.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also spoke about the fact that statements about alleged preparations for an attack on Ukraine are artificially whipping up hysteria in the West. He noted that the North Atlantic Alliance must stop provocative activities near the borders of the Russian Federation and stop advancing its political and military infrastructure to the borders of the Russian Federation, as well as stop “pumping up Ukraine with modern weapons.”