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Russia might go for sabotage acts before presidential election in Ukraine, - Muzhenko

The Chief of General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces warned that Russian special services might use this time to destabilize the situation in Ukraine
13:38, 6 March 2019

Viktor Muzhenko, the Head of the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces
Reuters

Russia could use the period of 'pre-election turbulence' for the destabilization of the situation in Ukraine. Viktor Muzhenko, the Chief of General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said this during the meeting with military and diplomatic corps, as quoted by RBC-Ukraine news agency.

'The period of the so-called pre-election turbulence, which our country undergoes now, is used by Russia... to conduct a number of special operations so as to undermine Ukraine's defense potential. We have been witnessing considerable hostile activity in the media environment, where the adversary tries to affect the staff by means of informational and psychological operations', Muzhenko said.

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According to him, the law enforcers are now paying efforts to exclude any scenario where the Russian aggression would prevail.  

'We also do not rule out separate acts of the direct impact such as sabotage acts near the frontline and even in the deep rear. We are taking respective measures to avoid such scenarios; at the same time, we hope for the professionalism of domestic special services, the National Police, as well as patriotism and vigilance of our citizens', he said. 

The presidential campaign in Ukraine began on December 31, 2018. The election day is slated for March 31. If necessary, a second round will be held in April. 

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