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The first President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk, who led the country from 1991 to 1994, said that Russia will not unleash a “large-scale aggression.” He told about it in interview to TV channel “112 Ukraine”.
According to him, Moscow is trying to intimidate Ukraine, showing military strength in the border States. “Do not frighten us by war — the war goes on”, he said.
In January Kravchuk made a similar statement. He stressed that the Russian military might will be enough “to occupy the whole of Ukraine”, but then the Russian leader Vladimir Putin will have to spend a large part of its budget to keep the country in subjection. In December 2018, he argued that in the case of the occupation of the Ukraine, Russia will cease to exist during the year.
Relations between Kyiv and Moscow deteriorated sharply after the reunification of the Crimea with Russia in March 2014 and the beginning of the conflict in the Donbass in April of the same year. Ukraine regularly accuses Russia of waging war in the South-East of its territory and calls the aggressor, Moscow denies these accusations, pointing out the lack of evidence.
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