Ukraine is aware of Russian military forces concentrated in the occupied Crimea and on Ukraine's borders and is ready to prevent any further military provocations against its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister for European Integration Anatolii Petrenko made a corresponding statement during a virtual discussion organised by the European Policy Centre (EPC), dedicated to the seventh anniversary of Russia's illegal occupation of Crimea.
"Ukraine is ready to prevent any further threats to our territorial integrity and sovereignty. We all understand Russia's military potential and what military forces it has already concentrated on the occupied peninsula," Petrenko said.
He added that Ukraine is taking all possible measures through military means to prevent any further aggression from the south towards Ukraine.
"We will take all adequate measures to protect the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian land," the official stressed.
He noted that Ukraine is aware of the concentration of Russian troops in occupied Crimea and Russia. According to him, such forces could potentially be used by Kremlin to threaten Ukraine's security and national interests.
"The word 'cooperation' is very important both for our policy towards the de-occupation of Crimea and for the development of our defence capabilities," Petrenko said.
According to the Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine, several elements demonstrate Ukraine's readiness to prevent escalation from any direction, including political engagement, consolidated resources, an international presence in the Black Sea, further assistance provided to Ukraine in pursuing defence reform and building-up modern capabilities, Ukraine's strategic prospects for becoming a member of a collective security organisation.