Phone call from US and Russian military leaders amid tensions over Ukraine

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Last week Ukraine said it was seeking more military aid from its Western allies. (To file)

Moscow:

Senior generals from Russia and the United States spoke by phone on Tuesday, Russia’s Defense Ministry said, amid concerns among Westerners that Moscow is plotting to invade neighboring Ukraine.

The ministry said in a statement that Russian Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley had discussed “current international security issues” without providing further details.

Western countries have sounded the alarm this month over reported Russian military activity near Ukraine, with growing claims that Moscow is considering an invasion.

Moscow has rejected these allegations.

Last week Ukraine said it was seeking more military aid from its Western allies.

On Tuesday, two patrol boats sent to the Ukrainian navy by the United States arrived at the southern port of Odessa.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday that any US move to send more materiel and military advisers to Ukraine would only increase tensions.

The Ukrainian military has been locked in a latent conflict with pro-Russian separatists in two separatist regions bordering Russia since 2014, after Moscow annexed Crimea.

Kiev and its Western allies accuse Russia of sending troops and weapons across the border to support the separatists – which Moscow denies.

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