Kuleba reveals Kremlin schemes to destabilize situation inside Ukraine
The destabilization of Ukraine is currently Russia’s basic strategy, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said at a joint press briefing with his German counterpart, Annalena Baerbock, on Feb. 7.
Kuleba said Russia has resorted to military escalation, cyber-attacks, the spread of disinformation, as well as trying to “drive a wedge between Ukraine and its international partners.”
The Ukrainian foreign minister stressed that the Ukrainian authorities are not ruling out any possible developments, however, and are preparing the country to deal with them, should they occur.
“There is no need to scare us with war – we’re ready for anything,” Kuleba said.
“And if Russia forces on us the next phase of a military conflict, we will fight. But until then, we will maintain an absolutely ice-cold calm.”
Russia’s potential invasion of Ukraine
Since the end of Oct. 2021, Russia has been massing troops to the Ukrainian borders. Russia has since deployed more than 140,000 troops and offensive weapons near the Ukrainian border and in the temporarily occupied territories, according to the latest intelligence estimate from the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
International media have speculated that Russia may invade Ukraine in early 2022, in an operation that could involve up to 200,000 Russian soldiers.
The Kremlin says the troop movements are an internal affair of the Russian Federation.
At the same time, Moscow has repeatedly accused Ukraine of planning “provocations,” and alleged that Kyiv plans to regain control of the occupied territories by military means. The Kremlin has failed to back up any of its allegations with evidence, however.
Russian troops have also been deployed to Belarus, as part of previously unscheduled military exercises. However, Russian equipment has been spotted along the Ukrainian-Belarusian border, far from the zone where the exercises are supposed to be held.
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