“As of today, we see absolutely no evidence of allegations of a large-scale attack on our country,” Secretary of the National Security Council Oleksiy Danilov told reporters on Monday after a meeting of the body. For Kiev, troop movements on the Russian side, in contrast to the West, are not a surprising matter. All the excitement started with an article in the Washington Post in mid-October. The situation in Ukraine has been difficult since 2014.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyj also saw no reason to get excited about eastern Ukraine in video language. “Everything is under control. There is no need to panic,” he said. Kiev is striving for a peaceful solution to the conflict in Donbass. Prime Minister Denys Schmyhal said: “There are no threats to the functioning of our economy.” The currency reserves are sufficient to support the exchange rate of the national currency hryvnia. However, in recent weeks and months Zelenskyy and other Ukrainian government politicians have issued quite drastic warnings of a Russian invasion in Western media.
Parts of the eastern Ukrainian regions of Luhansk and Donetsk have been controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014. Despite a peace plan negotiated in Minsk with Franco-German mediation, the conflict continues. According to UN estimates, more than 14,000 people have been killed in the area so far. The US and NATO have criticized a troop deployment with around 100,000 Russian soldiers on the border with Ukraine. The West fears a Russian invasion of Ukraine. Moscow rejects this.