Odessa, Ukraine – Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov warned Russia via CNN, saying there will be a “really bloody massacre” if Russia invades the country, and adding that “Russian guys also will come back in the coffins,” after noticing troops movements near the country’s border.
Oleksiy Reznikov urged the US president, who was set to have a video conference with Vladimir Putin to discuss the ongoing matter on Tuesday, to stand with Ukraine against Moscow.
“If I can advise President Biden, I would like him to articulate to Mr. Putin that no red lines from the Kremlin side should be here. The red line is here in Ukraine and the civilized world will react without hesitation,” said Reznikov to CNN in an exclusive reporting on Monday.
He further said, “The idea of not provoking Russia will not work.”
Meanwhile, westerns and the US officials have expressed concerns over the Russian troops’ movement on the Ukrainian border, with Antony Blinken, the Secretary of State, alarming that the US “must prepare for all contingencies.”
Russia heads towards Ukraine with 95000 troops and all the capabilities in place along the region to invade the country, including establishing supply lines that could back up for extended conflict if the country invades Ukraine – two sources from American intelligence assessments revealed to CNN.
The 95000 Russian troops currently reside within walking distance from Ukraine. Reznikov warns the attacking forces via CNN that the “Russian forces could assemble 175,000 troops to invade Ukraine were an underestimate” to deal with the battle-hardened Ukrainian army.
“So, we have 250,000 official … members of our army. Plus, I said 400,000 veterans and 200,000 reservists. 175,000 (is) not enough to go to Ukraine,” he said.
Reznikov estimates that if Russia attacks the country, it would have “disastrous consequences” throughout the European continent, with around 4 to 5 million Ukrainians likely be needing shelter in Europe. Moreover, being the major food supplier to Africa and Europe, the conflict would seriously affect the entire supply chain.
The minister revealed in a statement that Ukraine has requested military training and material support from allies all over the world.
“We don’t need troops, because I think it’s not so fair that American soldiers will die in Ukraine. No, we don’t need it,” he added.