The arrival of 4,000 Russian soldiers to the country’s border with Ukraine could trigger a European war, according to a military expert in the region.
Pavel Felgenhauer’s warnings came as social media showed a suspicion of Russian military build-up near rebel-held eastern Ukraine and the annexed region of Crimea, according to reports.
“The crisis has the potential to turn into a pan-European, if not global war,” Felgenhauer, an independent Russian military analyst, said in a recent interview with the Rosbalt news outlet in Russia. “Will it happen or not? Let’s wait and see. In the West, they don’t know what to do about it. “
On Friday, Russia warned it would “take additional measures” if NATO sends troops to Ukraine when images surfaced of Russian helicopters and military tanks piling up on the border.
Last week, the United States promised “unwavering support” to Ukraine.