The commander of the Ukrainian forces in the Donbass, Pavlyuk, called February 20 the date of the “invasion” of Russia ” alt=”Ukrainian general named a possible date for Russia's “invasion” />
According to one of the scenarios of military operations developed in Ukraine, February 20 may become the date of the “invasion” of Russia. Russia to Ukraine. Oleksandr Pavlyuk, Commander of the Joint Forces Operation of Ukraine in Donbass, spoke about this in an interview with The Times.
“This is the date that worries us,” — Pavlyuk said. According to him, Russian President Vladimir Putin probably does not want to “shadow” military relations with China, where the Winter Olympic Games are being held from 4 to 20 February. In addition, the joint Russian-Belarusian exercises “Allied Resolve” will last until that time. 2022».
Western intelligence agencies assume that any “invasion” will begin with the fact that Russia will gradually transfer its forces to the east of Ukraine, including sending “thousands of soldiers” by rail to the area, writes The Times.
The task of the Ukrainian army is not to contain the Russian military, but to cause maximum damage before it is defeated, Pavlyuk said. According to him, the Ukrainian military has already begun distributing weapons in anticipation of a protracted insurgency in areas where the Ukrainian regular army can be defeated.
In early November, Western media reported on the transfer of Russian troops to the border of Ukraine, the first The Washington Post wrote, citing sources. Later, officials, including US President Joe Biden, began to talk about the threat of a Russian invasion. On January 24, because of this, NATO announced the transfer of troops to Eastern Europe.
Russia has repeatedly stated that it does not plan to attack Ukraine. The Russian Foreign Ministry warned about the likely preparation by the West of military provocations in Ukraine and emphasized that the actions of the Russian armed forces on the territory of Russia— «legitimate right of a sovereign state».
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