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Kyiv warns ‘thousands’ of Russian troops are building up in the north

28th May 24 2:01 pm

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has issued a warning that “thousands” of Russian troops are building up on the northern border.

President Zelensky has pleaded with the West to be allowed to use their long-range missiles as there is now new formations building up in Ukraine’s second largest city.

Thousands of soldiers have “expanded activities” at warehouses at multiple areas in the city of Kharkiv, according to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

President Zelensky is asking for permission from the West to strike Russian troops to stop their advance to Kyiv.

The ISW said that the mass of “thousands” of Russian troops could end up to “stretch and fix Ukrainian forces” as they are crumbling on the front lines.

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NATO’s General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg warned at a meeting on Monday that if Kyiv “cannot attack military targets on Russian territory then it ties one hand of the Ukrainians on their back and makes it very hard for them to conduct defence.”

NATO’s chief has given Kyiv permission to hit “targets in Russia” as Ukraine has the right to “defend itself” from Russia.

NATO’s General Secretary said, “This is Russia’s aggressive war against Ukraine. Ukraine has the right to defend itself.

“This includes strikes on targets in Russia.”

Sweden has said that Ukraine is also allowed to use their weapons to hit targets deep inside Russia.

Defence minister Pal Jonson told Swedish newspaper Hallandsposten, “Ukraine is exposed to an unprovoked and illegal war of aggression by Russia.

“According to international law, Ukraine has the right to defend itself by means of hostilities aimed at the territory of the adversary as long as the hostilities comply with the laws of war.

“Sweden stands behind international law and Ukraine’s right to defend itself.”

However, the US President Joe Biden has been slow in allowing Kyiv to use their weapons inside Russia as he and his administration fear this will cause an escalation with Moscow.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that all those who are invited to the alleged peace conference in Switzerland should be made aware that Stoltenberg has authorised Ukraine to attack Russia.

Zakharova said,“It is useful to know this for everyone who is invited to the alleged ‘peace conference’ in Switzerland.

“Russia is responding to that and will continue to respond.”

Zakharova then warned the EU will feel the “full measure” of Russian retaliation against Stolenberg’s decision allowing Kyiv to strike Russia.

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