Russia is preparing to a large-scale war in Europe, Ukraine will become the first foothold, as Oleksandr Turchynov, the Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council, said, Interfax-Ukraine reported.
“Russia is not just investing billions of resources in the military infrastructure, it is preparing to a large-scale military action, a large-scale continental war in Europe. Our state is the first foothold which they will try to get,” Turchynov said.
According to him, it is necessary to prepare to the fact that sooner or later Russia will start using its potential in a large-scale war.
“Such significant aspect of the security as strong Ukrainian army, strong security and defence aspect is one of the most important things for protection of peace and security in Europe,” Turchynov said.
Earlier, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that the further escalation of Russia’s aggressive actions towards Ukraine to the level of a large-scale war is quite real now due to the concentration of Russia’s Armed Forces near the Ukrainian border.
According to the UN Monitoring Mission on human rights, since the beginning of Donbas conflict in 2014, 13,000 people died.