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Reznikov advises not to give in to Russian panicmongering about an upcoming offensive

06.02.2023, 10:59
Photo: Ukrinform
Photo: Ukrinform

Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov urges Ukrainians to only trust official information about possible Russian offensives and assures that the Ukrainian defense forces are preparing to fight back if necessary.

He said this at a press conference on February 5, Ukrinform reports.

"There is a lot of information, everyone must have seen Telegram channels writing that there would be an attack at night, etc. ... No attack happened. It is very important to listen to the General Staff, its official position. Whenever it becomes clear that they (invaders – Ed.) have amassed a strike force, where, in what place it is, our General Staff will be fully aware of this," the Minister emphasized.

In particular, he noted that there were currently no Russian strike forces threatening Kharkiv, however, according to him, it cannot be ruled out that "at some point they may appear."

Reznikov also called on citizens to think critically and not to give in to the enemy's panicmongering. At the same time, he did not rule out that the push from the Russian invaders may increase.

"We still, of course, expect possible offensives from the Russians, because it's February, they like symbolism – February 24 will be the anniversary of the invasion, of the open stage in the Ukrainian-Russian war, which started back in 2014... so we are expecting this push. We are ready, the Armed Forces are ready, the Staff of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief is monitoring the situation constantly, so there is nothing unexpected for you or me," the Minister stressed.

Reznikov emphasized that Ukraine was amassing reserves, training personnel, and working with its partners.

We remind that on February 4, Telegram channels were spreading rumours about a supposed Russian offensive on Kyiv and Kharkiv on the night of February 5.

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