World Bulletin / News Desk
U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, the NATO supreme allied commander, said Russian forces had been seeking to "reset and reposition" while protecting battlefield gains, despite a fragile ceasefire agreed in February.
"Many of their actions are consistent with preparations for another offensive," Breedlove said.
Pressed during the hearing, Breedlove acknowledged he could not predict Moscow's next move but characterized its ongoing actions as "preparing, training and equipping to have the capacity to again take an offensive."
"In the past they have not wasted their effort," Breedlove told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Breedlove said Russia was seeking to tighten its grip over fighters, bolstering its command and control "because there was disunity in some of the earlier attacks."
"We do see a very distinct Russian set of command and control in the eastern part of Ukraine," he said.
"Command-and-control, air defense, support to artillery, all of these things increased ... making a more coherent, organized force out of the separatists."
"What we do believe is that we should consider changing the decision calculus of (Russian President Vladimir) Putin. That's what we look at," he said.
"But we really have no way of knowing one way or another," Breedlove said.Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Mayıs 2015, 16:03