Kiev, Nov 29 (EFE).- A Russian invasion of Ukraine could happen “in a blink of an eye,” Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba warned on Monday.
“If Russia decides to undertake a military operation, it will do so in a blink of an eye.
“In spring, they (Russia) brought a lot of military hardware, infrastructure and soldiers to the border with Ukraine,” Kuleba told reporters at a press conference, referring to the field hospitals and radio signal transmission jamming devices stationed at the Ukraine border.
“The reality is they never withdrew, all the infrastructure is there. (…) In spring they built a house, in winter all they have to do is move in, open the windows and start shooting,” he added.
Kuleba reiterated that Ukraine does not intend to conduct offensive operations in Donbas, but that it will defend its territory in the case of a Russian attack.
The eastern Donbas region, which spans Donetsk and Luhansk, was the scene of a pro-Russian uprising in 2014 that descended into a bloody war, claiming at least 13,000 lives, according to the UN.
Kuleba urged international allies to consider a “deterrence package” which includes political, economic and security steps to prevent the escalation by Russia.
“No matter how difficult it may seem to take decisive deterrence now, it will cost less than in the future if Russia further escalates its aggression against Ukraine,” Kuleba said.
“It is better to act now than later. The timeframe to act is within the coming months.” EFE