Updated: Mar 23
Speaking to journalists on Saturday, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskiy once again countered allegations of an imminent Russian invasion of his country. Ukraine has no such information and whoever has it should disclose it.
After renewed US warnings of an allegedly imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine in the coming week, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky expressed his astonishment. "If you or anyone else has additional information about a 100 percent invasion on February 16, please provide us with this information," President Vladimir Zelensky told journalists on Saturday.
Kiev is aware that there are risks. One is prepared for a war at any time - regardless of the direction from which the danger comes. Nevertheless, too many reports of a Russian attack on Ukraine were being circulated in public space. All these reports would only create panic and would not help Ukraine.
On Friday, heightened warnings from Washington sparked international unrest, again citing a possible Russian attack on Ukraine. Like numerous other Western countries before it, the federal government called on German citizens in Ukraine to leave the country on Saturday.
For weeks, Western media have been talking about a Russian troop deployment near the Ukrainian borders. The Kremlin regularly rejects invasion plans and speaks of war hysteria. So far, Ukraine has not been mobilized, nor has a state of war been declared.
Since the start of the war hysteria in Western mainstream media in December last year, Ukrainian officials at various levels have repeatedly stated that, based on the Ukrainian assessment of the situation, there is no acute danger of war.
In an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica published in early February, Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexei Resnikov stated that he saw no immediate military threat from Russia. At the same time, Ukraine's Presidential Office said that "previous alarmist reports about a new escalation against Ukraine in late December or the first half of January have not been true. This proves that our demands for balance and avoidance of an alarmist tone in the media are appropriate."
In mid-January, David Arachamia, the leader of the governing faction of Zelenskiy's "Servant of the People" party in the Ukrainian parliament, expressed his astonishment at the reporting in the Western media. In an interview with the Ukrainian magazine Focus, he complained that the Western media were spreading unfounded rumors about a possible Russian invasion, causing real consequences for the Ukrainian economy and the mood in Ukrainian society.
The secretary of the Ukrainian Security and Defense Council, Alexei Danilov, had previously denied rumors of an imminent Russian invasion: the Russian side would need many times more troops for such intentions. Already at the beginning of the Western media campaign he spoke of "conscious disinformation of the whole of society".
The Ukrainian General Staff has also repeatedly denied claims by the Western press and officials that Russia is massing an offensive force on the Ukrainian border. According to all the information available to the General Staff, Russia has not concentrated anywhere in the number of troops and technology that would be superior to the Ukrainian army in the relevant segment.
Concrete dates for the start of a Russian invasion have repeatedly circulated in the western media, all of which have so far passed without any military action taking place. Units that are stationed 300 to 400 kilometers from the border are always included in the calculations of the troops that Russia is said to have concentrated on the Russian-Ukrainian border, according to Western accounts.