The foreign minister’s remarks came as his allies in the Baltic states visited Kiev to show solidarity.
Ukraine’s foreign minister has accused Russia of threatening to destroy Ukraine, rejecting fears that it could escalate hostilities in the country’s conflict-torn east.
Fighting has intensified in recent weeks in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine, where government forces have been fighting Russian-backed separatists since April 2014 after rebels seized a large territory there.
Russia, meanwhile, has deployed several thousand troops as well as tanks and artillery near the border, which divides the region. Moscow has mobilized troops in the Crimean-administered Black Sea region, which they occupied in March 2014 from Ukraine.
Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kulaba condemned the Kremlin for “increasing the security situation” and “publicly threatening Ukraine for war and destroying Ukraine’s statehood” against Russian scholars and officials.
“Moscow’s actions and statements [are] The goal is to escalate military tensions and undermine diplomatic efforts to resolve the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, “he said.
Kuleba warned Moscow against launching any incursions into Ukraine, citing any escalation in the Donbass region, including Donetsk and Lugansk, which would have “extremely painful” consequences for Russia.
“Ukraine’s red line is the state border. If Russia crosses the red line, it will suffer the consequences, “he said. “The world is in favor of Ukraine and international law.”
The Baltic countries have rallied around Ukraine
Kulaba’s warning came as the foreign ministers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia arrived in Ukraine on Thursday morning to show solidarity in the face of Russia’s military buildup.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielli Landsbaris told reporters that “Ukraine will never be on its side.”
“We stand with you, we stand in solidarity,” he said.
Russia has said in the past that it is not a threat to the movement of its troops and is merely defensive. It added that the Kremlin would remain in place until the appropriate military unit was in place.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has called on NATO to order a backback, prompting concerns from Ukraine’s allies.
On Wednesday, NATO members Germany and the United States urged Moscow to reverse the situation in the region.
Earlier in the day, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called on Russia to end its “irrational” military buildup.
Although Kiev has welcomed Western support programs, they are hesitant to aspire for full NATO membership in Europe – which Moscow opposes.
Moscow blames NATO, US
Moscow has refused to change the tax, and this week blamed NATO and the United States for turning the country into a “powder keg” with a growing arms supply.
The Kremlin has repeatedly denied interfering in the Donbass, but Ukraine and several Western countries have said that separatist forces in the region are armed, led, financed and supported by Russia.
In a first public statement on Tuesday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow had moved two army and three paratrooper units to its western border as part of a larger snap drill to test war readiness and respond to his call. Threat of military action by NATO.
Shoigu said on state television that the three-week exercise was due to be rolled out within the next two weeks.
He also claimed that NATO was deploying 40,000 troops and 15,000 military equipment near Russia’s borders, mainly in the Black Sea and Baltic regions. NATO has refused to make such a plan.
Russia has previously accused NATO of destabilizing Europe by increasing its military presence in the Baltics and Poland after the unification of Chromina, which followed the uprising that ousted former Crimean-friendly Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.