National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said at a briefing, asked on reports by the Western media about the threat of a full-scale Russian offensive in Ukraine, Censor.NET informs.
"The threat is real. Apart from the occupying troops in Crimea and the Donbas, we see concentration of troops along the border with Ukraine. They deploy not just some minor military units or divisions. They deploy entire armies. Two armies, which the Russian Federation has recently started to form, are meant. It is a tank army, and a combined-arms army. And this poses a grave threat indeed. They were added to the third army, which was initially deployed in the Southern Military District. This is a huge capability which can be used as an operational reserve for both local and large-scale offensive operations against Ukraine. This is precisely why we must be prepared for this threat," he stressed.
However, according to Turchynov, today's most likely scenario is a hybrid one, which continues to be implemented in Ukraine.
"The Minsk agreements continue to be violated, there are still attempts of some local onslaughts, and the focus is also on destabilization of the situation in the country. This is a very dangerous scenario. And, unfortunately, it is being currently actively implemented," the NSDC secretary said.
Turchynov also emphasized that Russia had not decreased but rather increased its military capability along the border with Ukraine since it waged war against Ukraine.
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