The situation is tense, but we see no signs of an offensive / GORDON

Shmygal was asked to comment on the opinion of the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Lithuania that the situation on the border between Belarus and Poland could be a cover for the Russian Federation’s attack on Ukraine.

“The situation on the Belarusian-Lithuanian and Belarusian-Polish borders is more tense than ever. The migration crisis caused by certain actions, we regard these actions as a hybrid attack, formed and caused by Russia, on the Belarusian territory in particular,” Shmygal said.

He emphasized that the Armed Forces of Ukraine and Ukrainian intelligence are working to track possible attacks related to this, including in coordination with foreign partners.

“As for the intensification of hostilities, then, of course, this is already a question of our military, our intelligence. And we control these issues every day. There are significant movements of armed forces on Russian territory near the Ukrainian border. This is confirmed by foreign partners and all special services. . Today the situation is tense, but we do not see any signs of an offensive, “the Prime Minister of Ukraine said.

Shmygal noted that Ukraine is changing its strategy not only on the borders with Belarus and Russia, but also with the European Union – there a separate department of the Ministry of Infrastructure will deal with the civil infrastructure of the border.

Context:

RF since the end of March built up troops near the border with Ukraine and in the occupied Crimea. Ukrainian intelligence said that Russia wanted to expand the military presence on the territory controlled by the “DPR” and “LPR” militants through the introduction of regular units of the armed forces of the Russian Federation, and did not rule out an attempt to move Russian troops deep into the territory of Ukraine.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on April 13 that Russia had deployed two armies and three airborne troops to the “western borders” in three weeks, all of which were allegedly involved in exercises. On April 22, he announced that the set goals had been achieved and that from April 23 troops begin to return to their permanent deployment points… At the same time, he said that the equipment and weapons of the 41st Combined Arms Army, which will be involved in the exercises in September, will remain at the Pogonovo training ground in the Voronezh region.

Russia partially withdrawn the military from the occupied Crimea, but on the eastern border of Ukraine, in the Voronezh region, they remained, said the head of the State Border Service of Ukraine Serhiy Deyneko on April 28.

On May 5, The New York Times, citing senior officials in the US Presidential Administration Joe Biden, reported that Russia has withdrawn several thousand servicemen, but about 80,000 troops remain along the border with Ukraine, which is still the largest amount of forces that Russia has accumulated there since the annexation of Crimea in 2014.

On October 30, the American newspaper The Washington Post wrote that Russia resumed building up their troops near the border with Ukraine and this causes concern among high-ranking officials in the United States and the European Union.

On November 1, Politico published satellite photos, noting that they show military equipment, which the Russian Federation allegedly pulled to the borders of Ukraine… The GUR of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported on November 2 that any changes on the border with the Russian Federation Did not happen… In the Kremlin did not comment publication Politico.

On November 5, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Serhiy Shaptala said that Ukrainian intelligence did not record a buildup of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border. According to him, Russian troops return to the points of permanent deployment.

On November 6, CNN reported, citing its sources, that US Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns came to Moscow because of the build-up of Russian troops at the border of Ukraine.

On November 8, Bloomberg, citing data from the military intelligence company Janes, wrote that Russia is transferring tanks to the Ukrainian border.

According to Ukrainian intelligence, RF preparing to attack to Ukraine in late January or early February 2022.

On November 10, the United States warned the Russian authorities about potential negative consequences any growing threat to the security of Ukraine due to the “unusual military activity” of the Russian Federation near the Ukrainian border. The Pentagon called on Russia explain troop concentration near Ukraine.

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