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Ukraine artillery
The tensions around Ukraine have been escalating over the past several weeks, as the US and Great Britain have repeatedly accused Russia of planning “an invasion” and wanting to install a puppet government in Kiev.
Russian Permanent Representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov stated on Tuesday that his country won’t be taking any action against Ukraine unless Kiev provokes a response.

“If Ukraine carries out an attack against Russia – don’t be surprised that we respond”, he told The Guardian.

He also stressed that Moscow won’t allow the “blatant killing of Russian citizens anywhere – including in Donbass”. According to the diplomat, the number of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border (which is often cited as a sign of Russia’s “military buildup”) equals the number of servicemen engaged in the recent West-2021 drills, which caused no major concerns.