Escalation of conflict with Russia could happen any time until end of September, - Zelensky

Source : 112 Ukraine

The president believes that the situation is dangerous until this period because Russia and Belarus plan to hold Zapad-2021 military drills on September 10 - 16
13:52, 1 June 2021

Volodymyr Zelensky
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The escalation of the conflict with Russia is possible at any time until the end of September. This was stated by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky in an interview with the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

"My view is that escalation is possible at any time until the end of September, say, until September 12-16. We know that there will be Zapad-2021 drills. Therefore, I believe that until then, the situation is very dangerous," Zelensky said.

President also noted that there are many military options on the part of Russia: naval, from the occupied Donbas, on the northern borders - Russia and Belarus are negotiating a defense agreement.

At the same time, Zelensky added that Ukraine is considering and preparing for all variants of a military threat from the Russian Federation.

Related: Zelensky: There was possibility of full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, but escalation stopped

Earlier, the president stated the dangers for Ukraine of the union of Russia and Belarus.

Russian-Belarusian military exercises Zapad-2021 will take place on September 10-16.

The last escalation of the conflict in Donbas took place in April this year. Russia has drawn more than 100,000 troops to Ukraine's borders. On April 22, the Russian Federation announced the beginning of the withdrawal of troops from the borders of Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry called the transfer of most Russian troops to the southern border of the Russian Federation a "sudden inspection."

Related: Russia has now more troops at border with Ukraine than at the beginning of escalation, - NATO Secretary General

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