Ukraine is preparing for different scenarios of development of the situation around the Russian-Belarusian exercises Zapad-2017, including for offensive action on the part of the Russian Federation. This was stated by chief of General staff – Commander-in-chief of the armed forces Victor Muzhenko, reports the press service of the defense Ministry.
Majenko thinks that the teachings have a broader context than the announced maneuvers on the territory of Belarus, they have the aim of preparing Russian troops for the offensive and pose a threat for NATO countries and post-Soviet States.
“The real extent of the training interventions to the teachings of the West-2017, the timing, the volumes of military control bodies and troops (forces), primarily Russian, and also other interrelated activities indicate that the true purpose and objectives of exercise go far beyond the officially promulgated, that are only part of the cover of these plans,” – said Muzhenko.
He reported that the total number of participants of the Russian teachings can reach 230-240 thousand people. Of them in the South-Western strategic direction – some 100,000 people, including 70,000 members of the Armed forces and 30 000 employees of other law enforcement agencies of the Russian Federation.
According to the chief of the General staff, the content of activities of the exercise, the troops allow Russia to deploy on the South-Western and Western strategic directions powerful offensive categories and create conditions for their long-term use.
“It is objectively leads to the emergence of a military threat large-scale armed aggression of Russia against Ukraine and against NATO countries. The reason for the aggression, given the unpredictability of the Supreme military-political leadership of Russia can be, for example, a large-scale provocation on the territory of Eastern regions of Ukraine, and the Baltic States regarding the restriction of rights and liberties, threats to the security of Russian-speaking population”, – said Muzhenko.
“We are considering various scenarios of enemy action, including offensive actions,” he added.
West-2017 – joint strategic exercises of the armies of Russia and Belarus, will be held from 14 to 20 September. The Russian military began to arrive in Belarus in late July. Officially announced the participation of up to 13 thousand military, anecdotal evidence suggests a much larger group of troops up to 100 thousand people. The exercises will be held in two stages – in Russia and at seven landfills in Belarus.
The Kremlin is likely to leave the military in Belarus, according to the armed forces General staff, and NATO is suspected that Moscow could use the exercises as a “Trojan horse.”
NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov stated that it is impossible to exclude the application of offensive cyberportal of the aggressor country, the Russian Federation, including the respective departments of the army, the FSB and those that are disguised as gangs, to implement the overall strategic plan of the Kremlin.