Russia is not reducing its troops in Ukraine, but regrouping, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday, warning of additional Russian attacks and echoing skepticism US officials have expressed toward Russia’s claim it would scale back in Kyiv and the northern city of Chernihiv.

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Russia is trying to “regroup, resupply and reinforce its offensive in the Donbas region,” a pro-Russia region in eastern Ukraine that Russia claims it’s trying to “liberate,” Stoltenberg said,

NATO expects Russia to launch more attacks in Ukraine because Russian troops are maintaining pressure on the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv and other cities, he said,

Russia’s military objective in Ukraine has not changed since the attack began, which he said has led NATO to question whether or not Russia is participating in peace talks in Turkey in good faith.

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said in televised remarks Tuesday that Russia will “fundamentally cut back military activity” in Kyiv and Chernihiv to “increase mutual trust” to help achieve a peace deal.

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