Ukrainian Foreign Minister urges people to ignore “apocalyptic predictions”

Kiev — Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba urged people to ignore “apocalyptic predictions” of the impending invasion of Russia on Sunday, saying his country received strong and unprecedented international support. Stated.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said a week ago that Ukraine had accused Washington and the media of fueling a panic that squeezed the economy when “there were no tanks on the street” rather than the sinking Titanic.

“Today, Ukraine has a strong army, unprecedented international support, and Ukrainian confidence in its country,” Kreva said in a tweet.

“The enemy should be afraid of us, not us.”

The day before, two U.S. officials said Russia could be ready for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine by mid-February. Border.

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday that Russia could take military action “at any time” but still choose diplomacy.

“There are different scenarios for different capitals, but Ukraine is ready for any development,” Kreva said.

EU economic commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said on Sunday that diplomacy should be the focus.

“We must support NATO countries bordering Russia and strengthen them from a military perspective,” he said of Italy’s national broadcast RAI.

“We also need to be prepared for economic reactions and sanctions in the event of deterioration.”

Russia has gathered more than 100,000 troops near the Ukrainian border, fueling fear of planned assault. Moscow has not planned an invasion, but said it could take unspecified military action if security requirements were not met.

They include a promise that NATO will never recognize Ukraine. The requests made by Washington and NATO are not accepted.