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“Russian authority could change the declared purpose of training at any time”

August 26, 2016
A representative of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine commented on Russia’s surprise inspection of combat readiness
“Russian authority could change the declared purpose of training at any time”

“This process is aimed at the demonstration of Russia’s military potential. We cannot exclude the possibility that the declared purpose of this training - the inspection of combat readiness of the armed forces - can be change at any point by Russian top leadership”, Vadym Skibitskyi said on the air of “Radio Svoboda”.

According to DIU representative, the threat of such inspection for Ukraine primarily lies in the augmentation of Russian troops near the border of Ukraine.

“In summer of 2014, exercises were conducted near the border of our state, and there was also a surprise inspection as a result of which a powerful formation of Russian troops agglomerated near our borders, which later invaded Ukrainian territory and began Russia’s aggression against our state. That is precisely what presents a threat to Ukraine”, he said.