Russian Aggression in Ukraine: Ukraine is able to defend itself – military spokesperson

11:32 Aug. 11, 2016

Ukraine is able to defend itself – military spokesperson

Donetsk border detachment conducts military exercise near Mariupol, on Aug.9, 2016 (UNIAN photo)

Russia's allegation about thwarted attack on Crimea stirred fears Kremlin considers new invasion of Ukraine

Ukraine has the military resources to defend itself and is monitoring the situation around Crimea, the spokesman for the General Staff, Vladislav Seleznyov, told Reuters on Thursday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Kyiv on Wednesday of using terrorist tactics to try to provoke a new conflict and destabilise Crimea, a region Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

Read also Crimea incident yet another Kremlin-manufactured provocation, Ukraine says

Earlier on Wednesday Russia said it had thwarted armed Ukrainian attempts to get saboteurs into the peninsula.

Putin's comments stirred fears that Russia, which has been steadily reinforcing Crimea militarily, may be considering new military action in the region.

Read also: An August Surprise from Russia?

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