Last month, Moscow collected more than 100,000 troops near its borders with its Slavic neighbor and the Crimea peninsula. The unprecedented buildup of troops led military experts to fear that the Russian invasion was imminent. At the end of last week Vladimir Putin, after ordering a partial withdrawal of troops from Russia’s western borders with Ukraine, sought to ease tensions between the two countries.
However Major General Serhi Krigovanos stated that he did not believe that the threat of war had been eliminated and argued that all the country should be prepared for further conflict.
When the army was ready for war, the rest of the country was not “in panic”, he told Espresso TV.
He said: “In war, we should expect the worst scenario and be prepared for it.”
The deputy secretary of the Ukrainian Security and Defense Council claimed that he did not expect that Ukraine would allow NATO to join.
He said that the best the country could hope for was logical support from the Western Military Alliance.
“Apart from NATO, we should look for other ways,” he argued.
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After a phone conversation with NATO Secretary General Jane Stoltenberg on April 6, Mr. Zelensky tweeted: “We are committed to reform our military and defense sector, but reforms alone will not stop Russia.
“NATO is the only way to end the war in Dobas. Ukraine’s membership action plan will be a real signal for Russia.”
Mr. Putin views the Western military alliance as a hostile force and has repeatedly warned Kiev to gain full NATO membership.