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Turchynov does not exclude that Russia could launch an offensive from the Crimea

Oleksandr Turchynov

The country-aggressor Russia has concentrated on the occupied territory of the Crimea is a very powerful military capabilities. This was stated by the NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov in an interview to Hromadske, answering the question whether there is a risk that Russian from the Crimea to attack Ukraine.

“They concentrated in the occupied territory of the Crimea is a very powerful military potential, this concentration of troops only for defense, not needed. On the territory of Crimea has placed, in particular, a powerful offensive tools, strategic aircraft, missile systems that can carry and use nuclear weapons. This is a serious danger,” said Turchynov.

He believes that Ukraine must be ready to repel the invader on all fronts.

“We analyze the situation and see the danger not only in the North and East but the South – it’s also a fact. Accordingly, we must be able and ready to rebuff in all directions: from the South to the North,” – said Turchinov.

24 January 2018 at the site Angarsk of Crimea held a anti-sabotage military exercises of the Russian occupiers, as well as artillery units of the army corps of the black sea fleet.

Russia has occupied the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in 2014 year. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially declared on 20 February 2014 beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. Key international organizations, including the UN General Assembly has condemned Russia’s actions and called the annexation and occupation of Crimea illegal. Against Russia were imposed economic sanctions. For the implementation by Moscow of the so-called elections with the participation of the Crimea in 2016-m to year the Parliament of Ukraine recognized the Russian state Duma is illegitimate.

Read also: Turchynov ordered the military to use weapons in Crimea – Yatsenyuk

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