Ukrainian and Western intelligence confirm the possibility of militants’ advance - Parubii

First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, former National Security and Defense Council Secretary Andrii Parubii believes that the Russian Federation and the Russia-backed terrorists may launch an offensive in the near future.

He said on the air of the First National Channel, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainski Novyny.

"Putin plans to continue to aggressive militaristic actions. Major forces have been concentrated on the border with Ukraine over the past two and a half weeks. There is much indirect evidence assuming the possibility of the offensive blow. Let me remind you that the militants started accusing Ukraine of non-compliance with the Minsk Agreements prior to each onslaught (on Debaltseve or the Donetsk airport)," he said.

At the same time, he said that the high probability of offensive is confirmed both by the Ukrainian and foreign intelligence.

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"This (the possibility of military advance - ed.) is confirmed both by the Ukrainian intelligence and the one of our Western partners, I might add," he said.

On the question of whether Ukraine is ready for such an offensive, Parubii replied that this is a philosophical issue.

"Are we ready? This is a philosophical issue. We oppose one of the most powerful armies in the world ... The Ukrainian society is sufficiently mobilized, and the condition of the army is currently much better than it was a year ago. I am sure that if the offensive is launched, it will be defeated the same way as previous ones," he said.

At the same time Parubii stressed that he does not want to scare anyone by the statements about a possible offensive blow, but he considers it vital for the government, the army, and society to be ready for such a scenario.

"I do not want to scare anyone, under no circumstances. I just use to consider the worst case scenario as the former Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council... The Ukrainian army, the Ukrainian society should be prepared for this possible onslaught ... We must prepare ourselves for the worst case scenario and the Ukrainian government should also consider the worst case scenario," he said.

In this regard Parubii called the decision of the United States to provide Ukraine with non-lethal weapons a major success.

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It is known that Parubii has supported the decision of Ihor Kolomoiskyi to write a letter of resignation from the post of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration Chairman and its acceptance by the President Petro Poroshenko.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n330049