The ex-minister admits a political crisis in Russia, for which Ukraine needs to be prepared.Avakov spoke about the strategy of de-occupation of Donbass and Crimea / photo from UNIAN
Former Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov stressed that the Ukrainian authorities in the issue of de-occupation of territories should consider not only a peaceful settlement of the conflict, but also a military scenario.
He stated this on the air of Svoboda Savik Shuster on the evening of November 5.
The former head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs proposed to consolidate the strategy of de-occupation and reintegration of Crimea and Donbass at the state level, which was adopted at the level of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in 2018.
“Suppose Putin is ready for some kind of procedure for the peaceful transfer of power. And then we are not ready either. And if he is not ready, then all our other services must be ready. The military must be ready in their own way, diplomats and And our society must support this readiness, “Avakov said.
The ex-minister admits a political crisis in Russia, for which Ukraine also needs to be prepared.
“We should have, conditionally, 5-7 folders … A military scenario. What if something happened in the Russian Federation? Suddenly disintegration processes began? And we need to be ready, “Avakov added.
Potential escalation at the border: what is known
As UNIAN reported earlier, the Washington Post, referring to the statements of its anonymous sources, wrote that recently Russia has resumed its military build-up on the border with Ukraine.
In addition, in recent days, videos with echelons of military equipment, in particular tanks and missiles, which are being transported to the southern and western regions of Russia, have begun to appear on social networks.
According to the newspaper, the US and Europe have paid attention to this in recent weeks – after the completion of the Russian-Belarusian military exercises “West-2021”.
In particular, according to Michael Kofman, director of the Russian study program at the non-profit analytical organization CNA, satellite images show that the forces of the 41st combined-arms army of Russia, which are based in Novosibirsk, did not return to the place of deployment after the exercises, but joined with other Russian troops near the border with Ukraine.
In addition, the images from space show that the personnel and equipment of the 1st Guards Tank Army, which is based near Moscow, were also transferred towards Ukraine.
In March of this year, the Russian Federation significantly increased the number of its troops along the state border of Ukraine and in the temporarily occupied territories, but in April it carried out their withdrawal.
Then President Vladimir Zelensky said that the Russian Federation is trying to put pressure on Ukraine by building up troops on the border.