Russia rejects US media reports on possible Ukraine offensive | World news

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has dismissed new US media reports of a possible Russian attack on Ukraine, accusing Washington of trying to make the situation worse while blaming Moscow, the Kommersant newspaper said on Saturday, citing the ministry Foreign Affairs.

The Washington Post on Saturday quoted officials and an intelligence document as saying that US intelligence services believe Russia may be planning a multi-front offensive against Ukraine as early as next year involving up to 175,000 troops.

“The United States is carrying out a special operation to worsen the situation around Ukraine while blaming Russia,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, quoted by Kommersant, said.

“It is based on provocative actions near Russia’s borders accompanied by accusatory rhetoric,” she said.

The United States, its NATO allies and Ukraine accused Moscow of massing troops military-moves-are-worrying-2021 -12-03 near the Ukrainian border, and Kiev says it fears Russia is planning an attack.

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Moscow has denied any plans to invade Ukraine, accusing Kiev of building up its own forces to attack territory held by pro-Russian separatists.

He said he could move troops into Russian territory as he saw fit and that they posed no external threat.

(Reporting by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Helen Popper)

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