Russia Ratchets Up Pressure On Ukraine As Biden Consults Zelenskiy

Russia Ratchets Up Pressure On Ukraine As Biden Consults Zelenskiy

Andrew H. Sweet

General Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian military's General Staff, warned Ukraine on December 9 against trying to launch an offensive against Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, saying any such action will be "suppressed."

Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry accused Ukraine of moving heavy weaponry near the front line in eastern Ukraine with the support of NATO members.

Biden held a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on December 9. Zelenskiy and Biden discussed the talks two days prior with Putin and ways to kickstart stalled peace negotiations over eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian president's office said.

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