If hostilities start, Ukraine will arrange a “bloody bath” for Russia, Lieutenant General, former Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Igor Romanenko said in an article for Glavred.
The Ukrainian military leader noted that Russia has allegedly been “pulling troops” to the border for the past several weeks.
“Of course, they are preparing for hostilities, but if Putin starts a war, then a” bloodbath” awaits him in Ukraine and the seizure of territories will not end,” Romanenko asserted.
Earlier, the American publication Politico published satellite images, which, according to it, show the deployment of the Russian military assets “on the border with Ukraine” – in the Smolensk region, which does not actually border the country.
“In general, a new concentration on the border is dangerous, and Ukraine, if necessary, needs to be ready to declare martial law,” the article stated.
Kiev and Western states have recently expressed concern over Moscow’s alleged “escalation of aggressive actions” near Ukraine’s borders. In turn, the Kremlin stated that Russia is moving troops within its territory and at its own discretion, but does not threaten anyone and no one should care.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine is closely monitoring the situation near the state border with the Russian Federation and in the “temporarily occupied territories of Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk regions.”
“The facts provided by Ukraine’s intelligence agencies are being confirmed during information exchange with our partners on the security situation around Ukraine,” the ministry said.
According to the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense (the country’s military intelligence) as of early November 2021, a nearly 90,000-strong group of troops (forces) has been amassed near the Ukrainian border and in the territories temporarily occupied by Russia.
These include troops of the 8th and 20th armies of the Southern and Western military districts, as well as forces and means of Russia’s Black Sea fleet. In addition, separate units of the 4th and 6th armies of Russia’s air force and air defense force are based close to the Ukrainian border.
According to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, “two army corps of the Russian occupation troops have been deployed and now operate in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.”
In the second half of 2021, Russian Armed Forces Command conducted near the Ukrainian border a series of large-scale command and staff exercises. They involved troops of the Southern and Western military districts, as well as separate units and subdivisions of the 41st army of the central military district and the air assault troops. After the completion of these operational and combat drills, units and subdivisions of the 41st army remained in the European part of Russia, in particular in the area of Yelnya, Smolensk region, some 260 km from the border with Ukraine.
No mention, however, was made of the numerous NATO exercises carried out along Russia’s borders.
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