KIEV, Ukraine – A retired Ukrainian military official commented on a possible war between the two countries and indicated the only possibility of real large-scale fighting being unleashed.
The possibility of war between Russia and Ukraine if it starts is minimal, said the retired lieutenant-general of the Ukrainian special services, Vasily Bogdan.
In an interview with Fakty newspaper, the retired military man assured that there will be no war between the two countries before the presidential elections in Ukraine. According to him, the Kremlin hopes that the political course of Kiev will change. However, even after the elections and regardless of their results, a large-scale war will not be triggered, he added.
In the general’s view, serious fighting will only happen if Russian troops decide to attack.
At the same time, he added that the Armed Forces of Ukraine is considering the possibility of carrying out military operations to recover Donbass.
The presidential elections in Ukraine are scheduled for March 31 this year. The pre-election of the candidates started on December 31, and the same day they started electoral registration and registration of the interested parties to the presidency of the country.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry will not accept requests for the registration of Russian observers in the country’s presidential election, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlov Klimkin said last Wednesday.
“A few days ago, as expected, I sent a letter to the OSCE director for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir with an invitation to send a monitoring commission to the presidential elections in Ukraine,” said the minister.
“Among other basic things, I notified that the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine had not accepted entries from Russian observers,” Klimkin concluded on his Facebook page.
The presidential elections in Ukraine are scheduled for March 31 this year and it is expected that President Poroshenko will not be elected again.