The Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, has alerted this Friday that it has been informed of a alleged nationwide plot to commit a coup next December 1 in the country. “I have received information that on December 1, a coup will be carried out in our country“, He has asserted in a press conference in which he has indicated that the authorities have in their possession recordings in which several representatives can be heard”discuss with representatives of Russia”.
In these conversations, the parties would talk about the participation of the billionaire Rinat Akhmetov in the military coup. A) Yes, Zelensky has stated that, however, it does not believe in the possibility that this could be carried out and has ruled out the implication of Ajmetov. “I do not believe in coups, nor in Ajmetov lending himself to participate in this”, He said, according to information from the news agency Sputnik.
In his opinion, he pointed out, it is about trying “put Akhmetov in a war against him and the Ukrainian state”. In addition, it has ensured that in the event of a coup d’état, it will not abandon Kiev and will continue to work in your office. “I am not (former President Viktor) Yanukovich, I will not flee anywhere ”, he asserted. “Nor am I (Petro) Poroshenko”, He insisted.
Prepared for war
At the same press conference, Ukraine is “fully prepared”For a possible military escalation with Russia, accused of having deployed troops near the Ukrainian borders, said the Ukrainian president. “We must count on ourselves, with our army, which is strong”, He explained Zelensky when asked about possible support from Western countries. “There is a threat today that there may be a war tomorrow”He added.
These last few weeks, USA, the NATO and the European Union expressed concern about Russian troop movements near Ukraine, which makes fear of an eventual invasion, something that Moscow denies.
The head of the intelligence services of the Ukrainian army, Kyrylo Budanovdeclared on Sunday that Russia had assembled about 92,000 soldiers on the borders with Ukraine, in preparation for an offensive that could take place in late January or early February.
Budanov explained to the American media Military Times that this offensive could involve air and artillery attacks, accompanied by air and amphibian assaults against the city of Mariupol, as well as an incursion from the north through Belarus. Since 2014, the eastern part of Ukraine has been the scene of a war between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists that left 13,000 dead, triggered shortly after the annexation of the Crimean peninsula by Moscow.
Russia is accused of to have handed over arms and personnel to the separatists, something that Moscow denies.
Overtaken by conflict in 2014, the Ukrainian army offers a better image today, thanks to the combat experience gained and improved equipment with the help of its Western allies.
(With information from Europa Press and AFP) .-
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