Ukraine asks not to incite “panic” and does not perceive “a greater escalation” of Russian troops on the border

The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, has called for calm in the face of the increase in Russian troops on the border. And, despite the fact that the United States and NATO have denounced it, the Ukrainian leader has expressed that “a greater escalation than before” is not being seen.

The Ukrainian president, in statements collected by the agency Urkinform, he has recognized that “the number of soldiers has increased”, but he stressed that he spoke about it “at the beginning of last year, when the Russian Federation carried out military exercises that led to a large increase in troops.” In addition, he considers that “it cannot be evaluated if it is a threat, an attack or a simple rotation”.

The president, who has indicated that the tents of the Russian militancy are empty, considers that it is a “psychological” movement with which Russia wants “people to believe they are there”. In addition, he has pointed out that his American counterpart, Joe Biden, should collect information about the Ukrainian situation directly from him.

Even if thanks “any support”, considers that “different information from different sources” should not confuse his country because, in this way, “the economic panic begins”.

A challenge that Ukraine “cannot cope with”

The media have conveyed the “feeling” that the country is at war, Zelensky said in statements collected by the agency united; however, “what kind of tanks do we have in our streets? None,” the president stressed.

For this reason, he has indicated that the country does not need this “panic”, since “this alarming information” has translated into a capital flight estimated at 12.5 billion dollars (about 11,000 million euros). A challenge that Ukraine “cannot face”, given that, to repair part of the impact of said leak, an injection of some 4,400 million euros would be required.

A “constant threat”

Volodimir Zelenski has acknowledged that “the threat is constant” and they do not know if “the war will happen tomorrow or by the end of February” but he understands that “yes, it can happen, unfortunately”. Therefore, “you have to take the pulse on a day-to-day basis,” he concluded.

For his part, the Ukrainian Defense Minister, Oleksiy Reznikov, has indicated that “for now there are no phenomena or actions of a military nature (by Russia) significantly different from what happened last spring, before Easter”, although he has also pointed out the existence of 130,000 troops on the country’s borders. However, the “only difference” they have perceived in the military plan they are “following closely is the situation in Belarus.


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