Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov named the key threats to Ukraine from the Russian Federation
Secretary of the National
Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov in an interview
with LIGA.net named the six key threats to Ukraine from the Russian Federation.
According to Mr. Turchynov, by
the degree of threat, military aggression is in the first place.
"This is not only exhaustion of our country as a result of constant military
provocations in the east, the ongoing military occupation of part of Donbas and
the Crimea. This is the large-scale deployment of military infrastructure along
our border with Russia, fixation on fighting in the strategic Ukrainian
direction for several Russian armies in the southern and western military
districts", - he said. "This testifies to the fact that in case Russia's
attempts to restore control over Ukraine politically suffer defeat, it can move
to massive military aggression".
The second threat, according
to the NSDC Secretary, is information aggression and an attempt to influence
political architecture, the results of the political choice of Ukrainians
through information tools (mass media, social networks, etc.), and by
supporting the direct and hidden stooges of the Russian Federation in Ukrainian
The third place, Mr. Turchynov
said, is for cybernetic aggression, "which, in consequence of losses, is
comparable to that of the military". "There is a serious confrontation on the
cybernetic front, but we have done a lot to significantly strengthen the
cyberdefense of our country", - he pointed out.
The fourth threat, the NSDC
Secretary posits, is an economic war. "The main problem here is the continued
blockade of transit of Ukrainian goods to Asian countries through the Russian
Federation, the blockade of the normal functioning of ports in the Sea of Azov,
the loss of significant markets for Ukrainian goods, the use of a wide arsenal
of provocations on foreign markets for military purposes, etc.", - Mr.
"The fifth threat is energy.
An attempt to block the operation of the Ukrainian gas transportation system
through the construction of bypassing gas pipelines, in particular, on the
territory of our strategic partners", - he stressed.
"The sixth is the terrorist
threat - the active use of sabotage-reconnaissance groups, Russian
agents and mercenaries for terrorist acts, attempts to sow disillusion, fear,
destabilize the situation inside Ukraine, which is actively countered by our
special services", - the NSDC Secretary said noticing that this is hardly a
complete list of threats implemented by Russia in the framework of hybrid war against
Answering the questions, Oleksandr Turchynov
expressed the conviction that Ukraine has a powerful potential to become a
regional leader in Eastern Europe. "But to this end, we must first change
the economic situation in the state. The current GDP growth rates are not only
sufficient for regional leadership but also to provide priority security
programs that are necessary for the reliable state defense", - he said.