Russia’s spy chief Sergei Naryshkin, head of SVR foreign intelligence has said that Ukrainian troops are “fully” prepared for war.
Naryshkin, head of the SVR since 2016 and is a close ally of Vladimir Putin warned “humanity’s existence” could be at stake if war starts.
The spy chief said that the West are stoking the fires of war as the UK, US and Canada are supplying Ukraine with weapons and ammunition.
Naryshkin said, “Preparations are in full swing, they cannot be hidden.
“All combat-ready units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are concentrated on the border with Donbas”.
“There is a massive transfer of hundreds of tonnes of military equipment and ammunition from US bases in Europe, from Britain, and Canada.
“The contingent of advisers and instructors from NATO special forces is being increased.”
“Unfortunately, the Western world hasn’t yet come to realise how much the danger of growing mistrust among countries – and the collapse of the foundations of mutual security of countries – is threatening the existence of humanity.
“There is even information about the emergence of multinational units of jihadist militants.”
Naryshkin said that reports of possible Russian hostility towards the Ukraine is a “blatant lie, and a very dangerous lie.”
He added, “This blatant lie, and a very dangerous lie, began to spread from the other side of the Atlantic, and this lie was picked up in a number of Western capitals.
“The main threat to Ukraine is the internal Ukrainian armed conflict between the Kiev regime and the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.”
The joint military exercise has been described as “dangerous” whilst Russia doe not understand the British government’s anxiety over the drills.
Moscow and Minsk have not divulged how many troops are taking part in the war games, but NATO estimates there is around 30,000 Russian troops in Belarus.
Russian and Belarusian military leaders said in a joint statement, “The purpose of the exercise is to work on methods to stop and repel external aggression within the framework of a defensive operation.”