Over the past month Moscow had amassed over 100,000 soldiers near its borders with its Slavic neighbour and on the Crimean peninsula. The unprecedented buildup of troops led military experts to fear that a Russian invasion was imminent. Towards the end of last week Vladimir Putin sought to deescalate tensions between the two countries, after ordering a partial withdrawal of troops from Russia’s Western borders with the Ukraine.
However Major General Serhii Kryvonos said he did not believe that the threat of war had been eliminated and argued that all the country must get ready for further conflict.
While the army was ready for war, the rest of the country was not and was “in a panic”, he told Espresso TV.
He added: “In the war, we need to expect the worst scenario and prepare for it.”
The Deputy Secretary of the Ukrainian Security and Defense Council went on to claim that he did not expect Ukraine to be allowed to join NATO.
He said the best the country could hope for was for logistical support from the Western military alliance.
“Apart from NATO, we must look for other ways,” he argued.
After a phone conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on April 6, Mr Zelensky tweeted: “We are committed to reforming our army and defense sector, but reforms alone will not stop Russia.
“NATO is the only way to end the war in Dobas. Ukraine’s Membership Action Plan will be a real signal for Russia.”
Mr Putin sees the Western military alliance as a hostile force and has repeatedly warned Kiev against seeking full NATO membership.