All is calm in Kyiv Oblast near the border with Belarus, but there continues to be a threat to the Ukrainian capital from Ukraine’s neighbor to the north, the head Kyiv’s Regional Military Administration has said.
In a video address from Chornobyl published on the Telegram messenger channel, oblast Governor Oleksiy Kuleba said there was always the possibility of a fresh Russian invasion from the Belarusian border.
“As of today, everything is calm in the region,” Kuleba said.
“Reports you see on social media that there are some active hostilities are not true. Now everything is fine in Kyiv Oblast – the situation is completely under the control of the security forces.”
At the same time, Kuleba said the region is still continually under the threat of invasion and missile strikes. He asked that the public rely only on official sources of news, and not spread unverified reports.
Earlier, Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Defense Hanna Malyar said there were no indications that Russia was preparing to launch another offensive on Kyiv. According to her, reports of this had been spread by Russian sources, and panic could be beneficial to the enemy.
Earlier, Latvian-based Russian-language media outlet Medusa reported, citing its own sources, that officials in the Kremlin were again discussing a possible “assault on Kyiv.”
There will always be a threat to Kyiv, because destroying Kyiv and the Ukrainian authorities is “the fastest way to conquer Ukraine,” Malyar said.