The Russian Federation is doing its utmost to create a casus belli to launch a full-scale offensive, but it will not be able to provoke Ukraine into active hostilities.
This was stated by the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov, during a briefing at the national forum “Safe and prosperous communities of the future”, reports a correspondent of Ukrinform .
“It is their task (to create a casus belli – ed.). They have long set themselves such tasks, but our military can only retaliate if their lives are threatened … We do not carry out these shellings (of Donetsk and Lugansk – editor’s note), we have nothing to do with these bombings. We warned and warn now that they (Russia – editor’s note) can fantasize as much as they want, that they can do anything, and we are ready for that. Moreover, the world is ready for it. I want to emphasize once again that we understand what is happening. Russia’s desire to provoke us into active actions will not work,” Danilov said.
The NSDC secretary also stressed that Ukraine would never resort to a scenario involving the use of force, as this would lead to heavy casualties among the civilian population.
“We cannot carry out any military action against our population,” stressed the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council.
As Ukrinform reported earlier, on February 18, the leaders of the so-called “LPR/DPR” announced the evacuation of residents of the occupied territories to Russia’s Rostov region due to what they called alleged offensive by the Ukrainian armed forces.
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valeriy Zaluzhnyi addressed residents of the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, stressing that Ukraine is not carrying out any offensive operations in eastern Ukraine, and called not to believe the occupiers lies.
Viktor Lysiuk, head of the Joint Center for Civil-Military Cooperation at the Joint Forces Headquarters, said that over the past five days the Ukrainian military had recorded 104 shellings of civilian targets by Russian occupying forces in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Forty-four houses were damaged, four educational institutions were destroyed, two cars and a garage, as well as five civilian infrastructure sites were damaged. As a result of the shelling, two civilians were injured and three people were electrocuted.