The threat of a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine still exists, president Petro Poroshenko said on Tuesday. He claims that the Ukrainian side has convincing evidence of Russia’s moving forces closer to the country.
The Ukrainian leader showed several satellite images featuring what he calls a Russian military base located 18 km from the border. The pictures were taken on September 17, September 24 and in October. The number of the tanks had tripled within one month, Poroshenko stressed. According to him, there has been a ‘dramatic increase’ in the number of units re-deployed along the entire length of the border.
“After the incident in the Sea of Azov we were supposed to provide the Ukrainian Armed Forces with capability of resistance in case of a large-scale ground invasion. These tanks have not yet been taken out. They are still there. And that is why I don’t want anybody to think that it’s a trifle. The country is under the threat of a full-scale war with the Russian Federation,” the presidential press service quotes him.
A few days ago, Petro Poroshenko also brought up fears about the imminency of an attack.
“If there is a rifle hanging on the wall, it will go off sooner or later. And here they [Russia] have airplanes, helicopters, tanks, missiles, armoured vehicles, multiple launch rocket systems,” he stated with reference to intelligence data.