Ukraine prepares: Ukrainian army preparing for large-scale Russian aggression – General Staff

19:22 Nov. 23, 2016

Ukrainian army preparing for large-scale Russian aggression – General Staff

Gen. Viktor Muzhenko on the frontline, Donbas, 2015 (by Politrada)

"Today we are able to resist the Russian Federation," General Muzhenko said

Ukraine is ready not only to deal with the probable scenario of the "Crimean corridor," but also for much more wide-ranging Russian invasion, Chief of General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Army General Viktor Muzhenko has said in an interview with BNS agency in Vilnius, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

"We are planning for the possible escalation of the conflict in the south-east of Ukraine to a large-scale aggression against Ukraine. The corresponding countermeasures are being developed for these scenarios. These troops are being brought up to strength for it. And, as of today, we are able to resist the Russian Federation. We are preparing for scenarios, which we believe may become real," Gen. Muzhenko assured.

Chief of General Staff thanked Lithuania for military supplies and help with the establishment of special operations forces of Ukraine.

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Muzhenko said that he does not have any information on whether the future U.S. administration of Donald Trump is going to change the course and abandon planned U.S. support for Ukraine. He recalled that the U.S. allocates funds for the reform of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in order to conform to NATO standards. This financial support is estimated at about USD 500 million.

"At least, according to our sources, no changes are envisaged. Assistance issues, including aid to counselors, and the issue of training of our military by the U.S. instructors, respectively, in particular, financial assistance, the decision of which had already been taken – all this is still in force. And we have no other signals for today," Muzhenko said.

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