The Russian Navy is launching major exercises on the Black Sea

The Russian navy launched large-scale exercises in the Black Sea on Saturday, even though Moscow rejected as “hysteria” an American warning that a Russian attack on Ukraine could begin in a few days.

“More than 30 ships from the Black Sea Fleet have set sail from Sevastopol and Novorossiysk, according to the exercise plan,” the Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday morning.

“The purpose of the exercise is to defend the Crimean coast, the bases of the Black Sea Fleet forces, as well as the country’s economic sector … from possible military threats,” the ministry added.

The move comes after the United States issued its harshest warning on Friday about a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine, saying it could happen “any day now.”

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters that such an attack would likely begin with airstrikes and rocket attacks and urged Ukrainian Americans to leave the country “as soon as possible.”

A number of EU countries have also called on their citizens to leave Ukraine.

Moscow has disregarded US warnings.

“The hysteria of the White House is more revealing than ever. The Anglo-Saxons need a war. At all costs. Challenges, misinformation and threats are their preferred way to solve their own problems,” the Foreign Ministry spokeswoman wrote. , Maria Zakharova, on the Telegram.

Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, told Newsweek that US warnings were “alarmist” and reiterated that his country “will not attack anyone.”

Russia has amassed tens of thousands of troops along Ukraine’s borders in recent months, raising fears that it intends to invade its former Soviet neighbor eight years after capturing the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine.

Russia has denied any such plans, but has called on the West to ban Ukraine’s accession to the Western NATO Defense Alliance.

Amidst the fury, Russia announced last month a series of naval exercises in the Atlantic Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, as well as in “waters and seas adjacent to Russian territory.”

The exercises involve more than 140 warships and support ships, more than 60 planes, 1,000 pieces of military equipment and more than 10,000 soldiers in total, the Ministry of Defense announced on Saturday.

Tensions have risen in the Black Sea in recent years, with Moscow accusing Ukraine’s pro-Western government and Western powers of threatening its security in Crimean waters.

In June last year, Russian forces fired warning shots at a British destroyer, accusing it of entering its waters, claims denied by Britain.

In addition to naval exercises, there are large-scale Russian military exercises with the country’s authoritarian ally, Belarus, which is just north of Ukraine and which borders the European Union.

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