The President of the Russian Federation recalled that the threat of invasion was discussed at the beginning of the year.Putin answered the question about the threat of the Russian invasion of Ukraine / photo REUTERS
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that in the spring of this year there was already talk of a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine, but this never happened.
He stated this during a speech at the VTB Capital investment forum .
In particular, Putin was asked whether there will be a full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russia in the near future, against the backdrop of a pulling of troops to the borders.
“The possibility of bringing Russian troops into Ukraine was discussed at the beginning of the year, but this has not happened yet,” he said.
Also, Putin noted that it is necessary to “improve relations” and argued his opinion.
The point is not to send troops or not, to fight or not to fight, but to establish relations to create more equitable, sustainable development and take into account the security interests of all participants in international activities. If we sincerely strive for this, no one will experience any threats, ”Putin added.
At the same time, the President of the Russian Federation said that he now sees a threat to the unrecognized “LPR” and “DPR” from the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
In addition, Russia also appears to be “worried” about large-scale unplanned exercises being held near its borders.
“As it was recently in the Black Sea, when strategic bombers flew 20 km from our border, carrying precision weapons and, probably, nuclear weapons. After all, this all threatens us,” Putin said.
The Russian President also noted that the “red line” for Russia will be the creation of threats to its security.
“You asked about Ukraine, where are these red lines? They are primarily in creating threats for us that may come from this territory,” he said.
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 Russia has recently resumed building up its military forces on the border with Ukraine. In addition, videos with echelons of military equipment, in particular tanks and missiles, which are being transported to the southern and western regions of Russia, began 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”.
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine did not confirm the information spread by The Washington Post about the buildup of military forces by Russia near the Ukrainian border. The data published in the media on the movement of Russian troops in the Ministry of Defense is called “an element of special information and psychological actions, which are, in fact, planned measures within the framework of the movement of troops after the completion of the exercises.”
Later, Politico published fresh satellite photos , which confirm reports that Russia is again concentrating troops and military equipment on the border with Ukraine.
The head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Kirill Budanov, in an interview with the Military Times, said that Russia had concentrated 92 thousand troops near the border with Ukraine and was preparing for an invasion in late January – early February 2022.
Moscow denies accusations of preparing an attack on Ukraine and, conversely, points to the intensification of NATO forces near the Russian borders.
At a press conference on November 26, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed the opinion that an escalation on the part of Russia on the border by the militants it supports in Donbas could happen any day.