Russia planned to annex another eight Ukrainian regions, Poroshenko says

The Russian Federation planned to annex at least another eight Ukrainian regions in addition to Crimea and Sevastopol.

Poroshenko told the Ukrainian military in Kharkiv region on Saturday, Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN.

President Petro Poroshenko said that the Ukrainian troops made it impossible for the enemy to penetrate deep into Ukraine.

"You've cleaned a large part of Donbas from the invaders and localized the militants in south-eastern areas of these two regions. It is you, who hold the defense against the aggressortightly having closed your fighting ranks," he said.
"However, the probability of large-scale escalation still exists and it is increasing due to the Independence Day of Ukraine. This day is traditionally dark for our enemies," the president said.

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According to Poroshenko, Ukraine is much stronger today than a year ago, and it is ready for defense.

"The Minsk agreements gave us time to strengthen the Ukrainian defense capabilities and helped us to partially overcome our obvious military and technical gap from Russia," he said.
Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n348727