A senior U.S. defense official told reporters that the Pentagon had seen signs of Russia sending troops from “Georgia” to Ukraine to support its offensive in the Donbas region.
“We have seen our first sign that they are trying to send some reinforcements from Georgia. We have seen the movement of some number of troops from Georgia. We do not have the exact number,” the official said during a press briefing. on Friday.
The Pentagon official did not explain what the official meant by “Georgia” because there were no Russian troops in the country. The Defense Department’s press center did not immediately respond to Sputnik’s queries on the issue.
On February 24, Russia launched a special operation in Ukraine after the secluded republics of Donetsk and Luhansk asked for help to defend them from increasingly intense attacks by Ukrainian troops. Russia’s Defense Ministry said the operation targeted only Ukraine’s military infrastructure and the civilian population was not in danger.
(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)