The Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation on Monday compared the current tensions around Ukraine with preparations for the 2008 war, in which Russian forces defeated the troops of neighboring Georgia, reports the Reuters Agency.
In a statement posted on its website, the intelligence service said Georgia’s then-president Mikheil Saakashvili “paid a high price” in the conflict. The comment was published at a time when Ukraine, the United States and NATO expressed concern about the movement of Russian troops near Ukraine and caused a fall in the ruble exchange rate. Moscow rejected reports that it might be ready to attack Ukraine, describing them as “inflammatory”.
Earlier, the Kremlin reported that the American media, which suggested that Russia was ready to attack Ukraine, had been used in a disinformation campaign.
The head of the Ukrainian military intelligence told the Military Times newspaper this weekend, that Russia has over 92,000 soldiers are deployed around Ukraine’s borders and is preparing to attack in late January or early February.
Kyryło Budanov said such an attack would likely involve air, artillery and armored attacks, followed by air strikes in the east, amphibious attacks in Odessa and Mariupol, and a smaller incursion through Belarus, Reuters communications read.
Similar warnings, often from nameless familiar people, have surfaced in some US media, with the United States, NATO and Ukraine expressing concern over Russian troop movements near Ukraine in recent weeks.
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– This is fueling tension and another attempt to present Russia as the one that threatens the process of regulating the situation (in eastern Ukraine) Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.
– And of course, we cannot exclude the possibility that this is a cover for the aggressive dreams that Kiev may have. I mean aggressive dreams of a possible solution to the problem in the South-East by force – he added.