Ukraine has called on the United States to send troops and anti-missile systems to the country.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Reintegration of Uncontrolled Territories Alexei Reznikov urged at a meeting with US Jamestown Foundation Head Glen Howard earlier during his working visit to the United States “to expand the security package for Ukraine” primarily by deploying US air defense systems and forces.

“It is important to expand the security package for Ukraine,” Reznikov said. “First of all, with the stationing of air defense forces, and even by deploying American units.”

He argued that under Ukraine’s legislation, foreign troops were allowed to be stationed in the country.

Russia, which has long warned the US and its NATO allies against sending military forces close to its borders, described Reznikov’s request as a “crude provocation.”

The Russian state foreign affairs committee chairman, Leonid Slutsky, said in a message that the deployment of US military forces near the Russian border “will undoubtedly evoke Moscow’s response” and that “tensions will merely soar.”

“It is regrettable that Ukraine’s laws allow for stripping it of what is still left of its sovereignty, and its citizens, of a chance to live in security,” Slutsky said. He said Kiev would “sacrifice” the nation’s sovereignty “to prolong their participation in the anti-Russia project.”

Meanwhile, in Eastern Ukraine, Kiev reported an “escalation” when the DPR and LPR’s forces shelled Ukrainian Armed Forces positions 16 times in 24 hours.

Not far from Novoluhanske, Ukrainian soldiers came under fire of automatic easel grenade launchers.

As a result of enemy shelling, three servicemen sustained shrapnel wounds.

One of the wounded soldiers later died at the hospital. Two other soldiers are undergoing treatment at a medical facility, remaining in satisfactory condition.

“Over the past 24 hours, on August 10, sixteen ceasefire violations were recorded in the Joint Forces Operation zone,” the joint forces operation claimed.

At the same time, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke at the UN Security Council, “reminding members of Russia’s aggressive actions against Ukraine in the Black Sea, the Kerch Strait, and the Sea of ​​Azov.”

The statement came during a UNSC meeting on maintenance of international maritime security.

“In the Black Sea, the Kerch Strait, the Sea of Azov, we see continued aggressive actions against Ukraine with dangerous incursions on the sea and in the air and the harassment of vessels, which are disrupting commerce and energy access,” said Blinken.

The state secretary reaffirmed U.S. support for or Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, extending to its territorial waters.

“Crimea is Ukraine,” Blinken stressed.