KYIV, (BM) – Despite the partial withdrawal of Russian troops and weapons from the Russian-Ukrainian border, the political situation and the wrong tone between the two countries continue to dominate the exchange of remarks.
A few hours ago, the Ukrainian MP from the Voice faction in the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada, Roman Kostenko, made a statement that was not a proposal for speeches and diplomacy but war.
“The Russian Federation has one of the most powerful armies globally and one of the most significant nuclear capabilities in the world. We need to have something to oppose it. Now we need missiles – missiles with a range of at least a thousand kilometers, which we can have in operation and threaten the Russian Federation preventively,” he said.
It would have been a typical political statement if Kostenko had not gone further in his intentions and linked the production of these missiles to their use in Russia’s nuclear power plants.
“We need to have such missiles, even without nuclear warheads, and Russia needs to know that they have nuclear power plants like we had Chernobyl and that our missiles will fly there. Then we can conduct our diplomacy with the Russian Federation,” said Kostenko.
Kostenko said that the idea is about to be realized as there are currently negotiations with various Ukrainian companies to start such production. However, the Ukrainian MP made a critical remark – Ukraine cannot produce them because both money and will are needed among the politicians, he said.
Tensions remain, but political intentions are more dangerous
Russia has shown enviable tactical skills, managing to deploy an impressive Russian military presence on its border with Ukraine within 48 hours. The numbers grew proportionally, with nearly 150,000 troops, dozens of tanks, and ballistic missiles already deployed at one point.
Russia has always claimed that these are actions related to conducting exercises. And although the Russian Federation has been withdrawing some of its troops and equipment over the past two days, suspicious activities remain hidden from the big picture.
For example, there are rumors in both the Ukrainian and Russian media that Moscow is ready to recognize the independence of Luhansk and Donbas. It is even prepared to make more impressive than years ago “detachment” of a piece of land from Ukraine. Such allegations are the rapid delivery of nearly 40 Su-27 and Su-35 fighters to the territory of Crimea.
If the independence of the two Ukrainian regions is recognized, these fighters would quickly thwart any Ukrainian military action. Their current presence in Crimea is disturbing and leads to various theories about their use.
What is happening?
On April 1, Russia began locating a lot of Russian weapons on the border with Ukraine. The Belarusian side noticed similar actions. A Ukrainian journalist was the first to film the movement of military convoys.
The revelation forced the Kremlin to explain after the public learned about what was happening. “The Russian Federation is moving troops within its territory at its discretion; this should not bother anyone; it does not pose a threat to anyone,” said presidency spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
According to him, the Russian Federation is taking the necessary measures to ensure its borders ’security. “You know that along the perimeter of the borders of the Russian Federation; there is increased activity of the armed forces of NATO countries, other associations, individual governments, etc., etc. All this obliges you to be vigilant,” Peskov stressed.
“As for the participation of Russian troops in the armed conflict on the territory of Ukraine, Russian troops have never participated in it and do not participate in it. This is a highly internal Ukrainian conflict, and we, European countries, other countries would not want armed forces of Ukraine, the civil war in Ukraine flared up again,“ said Peskov.
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