Russia might declare war on Ukraine on May 9, says PM Shmyhal

6 May, 09:04 PM
Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal (Photo:Denys Shmyhal/

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal (Photo:Denys Shmyhal/

The intelligence services of Ukraine’s allies believe Russia could declare all-out war on Ukraine on May 9, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said on May 6.

Speaking after the international donors’ conference for Ukraine that took place in Warsaw, Shmyhal said that the issue of declaring war on Ukraine was being discussed at the top levels of Russia’s political leadership. 

"This is a possibility – such talks are being held in the top political leadership (of the Russian Federation), according to — I repeat — our partners’ intelligence services,” Shmyhal said.

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“We will see if this happens. But if it does happen, it will be another confirmation that Russia has declared war on the civilized, democratic world, democratic values." 

According to Shmyhal, Ukraine will "fight for complete victory over the occupier and aggressor."

"There is full support from our partners. We want to win. And I’m sure it will happen," Shmyhal added.

CNN reported earlier, citing unnamed U.S. and other Western officials, that on May 9, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin may declare war on Ukraine in place of the so-called "special military operation."

The head of the Main Intelligence Directorate under the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Kyrylo Budanov in an interview with NV also said Russia plans to announce a mobilization on May 9.

The Kremlin denies information about the preparation of an official declaration of war on Ukraine, as well as plans to begin mobilization.

"This is nonsense," said Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for the Russian dictator.

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