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Russia ready for large-scale provocations against Ukraine, invasion possible, - intelligence

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Russian Federation aims to provoke the Ukrainian military to respond to aggressive actions of occupants in Donbas
19:05, 1 April 2021

RF Ministry of Defense

The Russian Federation is ready for large-scale provocations against Ukraine; that, in particular, includes an option of invasion into the country's territory. This is mentioned in the statement of Chief Intelligence Department of Ukraine's Defense Ministry.

"(...) the Russian Federation completes preparation of certain events, aiming to provoke our country to respond with force to hostile actions of occupants on the contact line in eastern Ukraine, enhancement of Russian military presence on the territory of so-called DNR and LNR (Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republic, - 112 International), bringing regular units of Russian Armed Forces", reads the message.

The military authority does not rule out that Russian occupant forces will push inside the Ukrainian territory.

Meanwhile, spring military draft in Ukraine commenced on April 1. Press office of the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces reported that on Thursday.

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The draft will be running until late June. The General Staff plans to recruit 14,246 people. 6,500 of these are supposed to join the Armed Forces, 600 will go to the State Special Transport Service; 4,646 are to serve in the National Guard. 2,500 people will join the State Border Guard.

Last year, the military authorities recruited some 16,500 people.

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