Austin also noted that the Russian grouping was building up its reserves of donor blood. Analysts consider this a possible preparation for combat operations.
The head of British military intelligence also said that Russia was rather “building up” its grouping. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reports that there is evidence of the arrival of new Russian units to the border.
At the same time, the Russian Defense Ministry has claimed for several days that troops are being withdrawn.
NATO countries and Ukraine claim that they do not yet see any withdrawal of Russian troops from the border with Ukraine.