Contents tagged with Turchynov

  • Turchynov: Russia may begin large-scale offensive in Donbas in July

    In a comment to BBC, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov said that Russia could begin a large-scale offensive in the Donbas in July, after the World Cup.  

    Turchynov stated that this was evidenced by the increase in the number of attacks in the Donbas and the concentration of Russian troops on the border of Ukraine. "They use artillery, tanks and multiple rocket launcher systems prohibited by the Minsk agreements. The shelling on Ukrainian …

  • Turchynov: Ukraine will take back the entire Donbas first and then the Crimea

    Oleksandr Turchynov, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine (NSDC), stated in an interview with Gordonua.com that he is convinced Ukraine will first take back the entire Donbas region and then annexed Crimea.

    The NSDC Secretary stated: “Return of the occupied territories is the most important priority for our country. I am convinced that the entire Donbas will be taken back first and then the Crimea.”

    He emphasized that the issue surrounding Donbas and the Crimea is …

  • Turchynov: Ukraine’s nuclear disarmament a historic mistake

    Oleksandr Turchynov, Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), called Ukraine’s nuclear disarmament a historic error. He made a statement to this effect in an interview with the news outlet Gordon.

    “We had tertiary nuclear potential. We gave it up in exchange for the guarantees of our security and territorial integrity that were offered to us by the leading nuclear powers: the USA, Britain and Russia. However, Russia, to whom we transferred our nuclear weaponry, is …

  • Turchynov: 'heroes' claiming that Russian annexation of Crimea could have been prevented are lying

    Some recent claims asserting that the Russian annexation of the Crimea in 2014 could have been prevented are not true, according to statements made by the chairperson of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), Oleksandr Turchynov, in his witness statements before the court where he was testifying in a high treason case against the former President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych.

    “Former Chief of General Staff, Volodymyr Zamana, misled the court when he stated that in February 2014 he …

  • Turchynov: it is impossible for Ukraine to declare war on Russia

    Ukraine does not have sufficient means to conduct a military confrontation with Russia if the latter uses nuclear weapons, said the head of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, 112 Ukraine TV channel reported. Turchynov made this statement under examination in the case against former President Viktor Yanukovych, who was charged with high treason.

    "That is why we could not declare war in February-March 2014. Unfortunately, now that we have a combat-ready …

  • Turchynov: the threat of Russia’s offensive from the Crimea still exists

    The threat of Russia’s offensive from the annexed Crimea remains even today, as stated by the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, Hromadske reports."They have concentrated a strong military force in the occupied territory of the Crimea, and it is not only for defense," he said.

    According to Turchynov, new offensive means, strategic aviation, and missile systems which can carry and use nuclear weapons, are deployed in the Crimea.

    "It …

  • Turchynov: EU is learning from Ukrainian experience in combating Russian propaganda

    European parliamentarians are studying Ukrainian methods of combating Russian propaganda and disinformation, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov said in an interview with Hromadske.

    Turchynov noted that he had initiated a ban on using Russian social networks and information resources within Ukraine. According to him, after criticizing such sanctions, European partners began to study Ukrainian methods of information security.

    "Moreover, if at …

  • Turchynov: in 2017 Ukrainian military advanced 10 km into the territory of the Donbas

    The Ukrainian military advanced their military positions in the Donbas by more than 10 kilometers in 2017, as stated by the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Oleksandr Turchynov, Hromadske reports.

    "It's nice to say that both 2016 and 2017 differed from the past in that we did not give up a meter of our land, moreover, our divisions in some areas advanced 10 or more kilometers and improved their positions. This is a fact," Turchynov said.

    According to the Secretary of …

  • Ukraine intends to create cyber forces within its Army

    Ukrainian authorities are considering the possibility of creating special cyber-forces in the ranks of the country's Armed Forces, stated Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov at the opening ceremony of the Cyber Threat Response Center.

    "Modern warfare is impossible without cyber defense and without cyber-attacks. We are giving serious consideration to the issue that was reported by the General Staff about the creation of Cyber Forces …

  • Ukraine to start industrial production of new cruise missiles in the end of the year

    Ukraine plans to begin testing the new Vilha (Alder) missile system in March and launch the industrial production of this cruise missile in late 2018 - early 2019, as stated by the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), Oleksandr Turchynov, channel 112 Ukraine reports.

    “I hope that at the end of the year or early next year we will conduct tests and it [the cruise missile] will be received by the Army,” Turchynov said. According to him, there is already “a huge demand …