MOSCOW: Russia accused the West on Thursday of plotting provocations in Ukraine even as it blames Moscow of planning aggressive military action in the neighbouring country.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova alleged that Ukrainian and Western claims of an imminent Russian attack on Ukraine were a cover for staging largescale provocations of their own, including those of military character.
They may have extremely tragic consequences for the regional and global security, Zakharova said.
She pointed to the delivery of weapons to Ukraine by British military transport planes in recent days, claiming that Ukraine perceives Western military assistance as a carte blanche for a military operation in Donbas.
Donbas, located in eastern Ukraine, is under control of Russia-backed separatists who have fought Ukrainian forces for nearly eight years, a conflict that has killed more than 14,000 people.
Ukraine said earlier this week that it has taken the delivery of anti-tank missiles from the U.K. It has rejected Moscow's claims that it plans an offensive to reclaim control of separatist-held areas in the country's eastern industrial heartland.
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