Russia may launch large-scale hostilities against Ukraine anytime, NSDC secretary says

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov took part in the NATO-Ukraine Commission meeting.

The NSDC secretary provided a comprehensive report on the security situation in Europe's east and scenarios for its development, counteraction to the hybrid aggression of the Russian Federation. He also reported on the priority measures aimed at strengthening Ukraine's security, Censor.NET reports citing the NSDC press office.

Turchynov called Russia's revanchist policy aimed at restoring its regional and partly global dominance "a major factor determining the destabilization of the security situation in eastern Europe and on the continent as a whole."

In this context, he emphasized Russia's aggression towards Ukraine noticing that Russia gradually transforms Crimea into a powerful military base; over 10,300 people have died in the deadly war in the Donbas, including more than 2,500 civilians and more than 200 children. "Ukraine's peaceful cities have been turned by the Russians into a testing ground for the most advanced types of military equipment and weapons," Turchynov stressed.

He also stressed that "Russian troops and Russia's occupational administration, not rebel formations, are operating in the Donbas". According to him, the Russian Federation deployed a powerful task force in the occupied territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which is part of the 8th Combined Arms Army of the Southern Military District of the Russian Armed Forces.

"Russia is creating a powerful military infrastructure along the border with Ukraine and may launch large-scale hostilities against our state on Kremlin's order anytime. Moreover, Putin's decision will not depend on Ukraine's actions. On the contrary, the development of the domestic political situation in Russia is a much more important factor for launching Russia's foreign policy and military undertakings," Turchynov said adding that the threat to the NATO member states is increasing rapidly as well.

Ukrainian official expressed his gratitude to the Allies for their consistent support of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, pointing out that it was vital to strengthen the international coalition supporting Ukraine and prevent the lifting of sanctions against the Russian Federation until the complete restoration of Ukraine's territorial integrity.

As reported, NSDC Secretary Turchynov is paying a visit to the NATO Headquarters.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3039433