Ukrainian authorities have discussed the threat of “provocations” during heightened tensions caused by the buildup of Russian forces around Ukraine’s borders and insisted that threatened towns be protected.
Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, was asked during a press briefing in the city of Kharkiv about possible provocations that Russia could blame on Ukraine, so-called operations under false flag.
“We are currently examining all questions. Every day we receive information from our services,” he said.
“So far we have heard of Chernobyl [nuclear] station, we heard about the territory of the occupied Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and other facilities both in our territory and in occupied Crimea, and in the occupied Donetsk and Luhansk regions,” he said. said.
The Chernobyl region, near the border with Belarus, was an exclusion zone after its nuclear power plant disaster in 1986. Much of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions have been under the control of pro-Russian separatists ever since. 2014.
“If we are talking about a provocation that the Russian Federation will try to do, we know what we are talking about,” Danilov said.
“We don’t know where this or that provocation may take place, in what form it will be carried out,” he said.
“The Russian Federation has started a war in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and is now starting to talk nonsense that we are supposedly going to recover the Donetsk and Luhansk regions militarily. I would like to emphasize once again that we cannot do it because we are responsible for the civilian population,” Danilov said.
“I just don’t understand why Russians need this ‘trouble’ called our country? Believe me, we won’t give anything to anyone,” he said. “They are aware of the position of our fellow citizens that we will fight for our [land.] … We have never attacked anyone in the history of our country. But we won’t give ours to anyone.”
Danilov said that the city of Kharkiv will be protected in the event of an invasion.
Speaking about the evacuation of government institutions, said Danilov. “As of today, there is no reason to withdraw or evacuate documents. If there are such reasons, the relevant institutions will immediately work in the appropriate direction.”
“Now nobody is moving anywhere, because we don’t see any reason for it today,” he added.