The General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces is trying to win time in order to unfold its main forces on the Ukrainian border, the Secretary of the National Security Council of Ukraine Olexandr Turchynov has claimed, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
“What has reversed the Russian General Staff’s strategy? Two groups are trying to cover and win time for the unfolding of the main military force, which are concentrated on the Ukrainian border today”, - he said during the XI Security forum in Kyiv on Friday.
Olexandr Turchynov pointed out that Ukraine is facing the 8th army on the Donetsk direction, and one of its divisions is ready to fire at any time. He pointed out that these are “forces that are ready for full use, for a full-scale continental war”.
“Some 260,000 Russian servicemen, 3,500 tanks, 11,000 of armored vehicles, around 4,000 of artillery systems and over 1,000 multiple launch rocket systems may be used against our country. All of these units would be supported by the 4th and the 6th armies of the Russian Air Force”, - Turchynov said.
Turchynov also reminded that a large powerful military potential is concentrated in the occupied Crimea: the 22nd army corps, joined by other units of the Black Sea Navy Fleet and divisions of the Russian Air Force, which cumulatively include over 30 military servicemen.
“Powerful missile systems are located on the peninsula... as well as S-14 anti-missile and anti-aircraft system (3K-14/S-14 “Caliber”), which is capable of striking aircrafts anywhere in the country. This demonstrates that the Russian aggressor is preparing a powerful military potential in Crimea in order to protect its presence there”, - the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine said.
Turchynov pointed out that, despite the efforts of the international community and Ukraine’s partners to stop the Russian aggression, “we cannot claim that anything has improved on the path to achieving peace in the eastern region of Donbas”.