Jens Stoltenberg, the Western alliance's Secretary General, told at a news briefing that NATO had monitored Russian troops in Ukraine for several months and had seen an increase in the amount of equipment lately, Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN.
Stoltenberg noted that NATO sees that the Russians move forces in and out of Ukraine and have a large number of troops at the border. He did not comment on specific figures but said that there is Russian military in eastern Ukraine. He also noted the presence of heavy weapons and increase in the number of Russian equipment, including tanks, artillery, armored vehicles, and air defense systems.
NATO Secretary General stated that the Russian military presence in the east of Ukraine is not encouraging a peaceful solution. That's why he called on Russia to stop supporting separatists, to withdraw its forces from Ukraine, and respect the Minsk agreements.