Ukraine says a Russian attack causes a “full-scale war”, a European tragedy


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned Russia on February 1 that it would begin a military conflict with Kiev, a “full-scale war” in Europe.

After meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Zelensky told reporters that he believed the conflict between Russia and Ukraine would affect Europe.

“Russians need to hear and listen to what we say and understand that no one needs war. But we armed people in our land. According to state media, Mr. Zelensky is certain that there have been changes in the country, in society, in the army, and in various changes at the joint press conference. ” rice field. Ukuru Inform..

“This will not occupy any city or territory. Unfortunately, when a large-scale escalation to our country begins, it will be a tragedy. So, frankly, this is a war between Ukraine and Russia. Not. This will be a war in Europe, a full-scale war, because no one gives up on its territory or people, “Zelensky warned.

Western officials estimate that Russia has gathered about 100,000 troops near the Ukrainian border, while Ukrainian officials estimate 127,000 Russian troops stationed at the border.

This week’s top US general, Mark Milley, said Russia’s military buildup near Ukraine was the largest since the Cold War.

Meanwhile, U.S. officials announced on Wednesday that the United States will send about 3,000 additional troops to Poland and Romania to protect Eastern Europe from the potential spillover from the crisis surrounding the grouping of Russian troops.

Zelensky, who has repeatedly downplayed the possibility of an imminent aggression, has signed a decree to build an army of 100,000 in three years. He urged lawmakers to calm down and avoid panic.

The increase in troops is “not because we are about to wage war … but soon and in the future, peace will be brought to Ukraine,” Zelensky said.

Russia denied planning an invasion, but demanded that NATO withdraw its troops and weapons from Eastern Europe and ban neighboring Ukraine (formerly the Soviet state) from joining the alliance. Washington and its NATO allies have rejected that position, but said they are ready to discuss other topics such as arms control and confidence-building measures.

Russia took control of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014, causing more than 14,000 deadly violence in the Donbas region of Ukraine. The region is now virtually dominated by Russian-backed separatists.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Isabelle van Brugen

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Isabel van Brugen is an award-winning journalist and currently a news reporter for The Epoch Times. She holds a Master’s degree in Newspaper Journalism from City University of London.