In the light of the news about the Ukraine-planned missile tests over the Black Sea waters, Russia has been trying to show Ukraine as something very different from peaceful country. Olga Aivazovska, public activist, coordinator of OPORA civil network, said this in her interview with 112 Ukraine TV channel.
‘All these discussions around Crimea, the saboteur groups, the detentions of scouts on the both sides of the conflict… all of this proves that there is some need to discredit Ukraine in the eyes of the international society. The need to show that Ukraine walks the path of another local conflict – perhaps even the military conflict. During the discussions on the geopolitical level, the sides use facts and evidence. This is why the previous attempts to use information and propaganda as pressure – failed. Currently, we’re facing something similar to that, but in more aggressive form,’ Aivazovska said, commenting on the issue.
Previously, Russian Federal Agency of Air Transport accused the Ukrainian government of an intention to hold the missile tests in the area of the annexed Crimea. In turn, Olexandr Turchynov, the secretary of Ukraine’s Security and Defense Council, said that Russia’s air space in the Black Sea is limited by the middle of the Kerch strait, and Ukraine has no intention to hold the missile test there.
After that, the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces said that the new missile tests would take place in southern part of the country, on December 1 and 2.
Previously, November 30, the Ukrainian media reported that Russia’s Defense Ministry sent the Ukrainian attaché working for the country’s embassy in Russia a note, threatening to deliver a missile strike on Ukraine. The Defense Ministry of Ukraine assumed that could actually happen, but never said the tests of new Ukrainian missiles are canceled.