News from Crimea: Russia is not ready for full-scale warfare in Ukraine - Ukrainian official

18:31 Aug. 14, 2016

Russia is not ready for full-scale warfare in Ukraine - Ukrainian official

Heorhiy Tuka, Ukraine's Deputy Minister for Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons (UNIAN Photo)

Tensions between Ukraine and Russian escalated earlier this week 

Russia is not ready for full-scale military action against Ukraine.

This was stated by Heorhiy Tuka, Ukraine's Deputy Minister for Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons, according to the news channel 112 Ukraine.

Commenting on the recent tensions in the north of Russia-occupied Crimea, the official expressed his concern about possible unforeseen military provocations - on both sides.

"With regard to Crimea, my deepest fear is that during this military tension some troops may fail to hold nerve, which can lead to provocation on either side. Russia can use it as a motive for further action", Tuka says.

"Russia is not ready for a full-scale warfare and it has enough common sense not to do it. As for provocative actions, I admit Russia can resort to some tactical actions to seize any (Ukrainian) location", the deputy minister said.

Tensions between Ukraine and Russian escalated earlier this week when Moscow accused Kyiv of trying to send saboteurs into Crimea and reported the deaths of a soldier and an FSB officer, who foiled the alleged plot.

Denying the accusations, Ukraine put its troops on combat alert along its administrative border with Crimea, fearing another Russian provocation.

Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea in 2014 in a move not recognized and widely condemned by the US and the majority of Western countries.

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