Turchynov: if Russia goes on the offensive, the invasion of Ukraine will take place in 2-3 hours

If Russia decides to extend armed aggression against Ukraine, its invasion will take 2-3 hours. About this 20 April, during the presentation of the programme “Strategic leadership: the sector of security and defense of Ukraine”, said Secretary of national security Council and defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov, the press service of the NSDC.

“Russia does not want peace and sees the emergence of strong, democratic, European Ukrainian state as a direct threat to the survival of the Putin regime. The Kremlin continues to prepare for full-scale war that threatens not only Ukraine but also other countries of Central and Eastern Europe”, — said Turchinov.

According to him, by the decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin on 1 July this year increased the number of troops of the Russian armed forces, which will be 1.9 million people. Also increased the number of military educational institutions of the Russian Federation, cadets are involved in military operations in some districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

In addition, along the border of Ukraine has deployed armed group, the armed forces, which totals to 50 thousand troops excluding the fighters of the 1st and 2nd army corps on the temporarily occupied territory of Donbass. Also, the command of the armed forces maintains in constant readiness for the use of grouping deployed in the North of the occupied Crimea.

In particular, on the Peninsula placed offensive weapons, including missiles that can carry nuclear warheads. At the same time, as noted Turchinov, continues publicly announced the increase of the personnel of the 1st and 2nd corps in the occupied Donbas from 35 to 50 thousand people At the same time being loud information campaign for recruitment of personnel, which, according to experts, needs to disguise the transfer to Donbass professional soldiers of the Russian army.

Along the border with Ukraine unfold three new divisions — the 3rd, 144-I and 50-I, which are the connection structure further deployed in recent years three armies — the 1st Guards tank, the 20th and 8th combined arms armies.

“Such grouping is purely offensive in nature,” said Turchynov, noting that in the case of the adoption of Moscow’s political decisions on the expansion of armed aggression against Ukraine, 1st and 2nd AK will be to conduct offensive operations after their regrouping and strengthening of Russian regular troops. Russian units stationed near the border, are able within 2-3 hours of arriving on the territory of our state and to assist the hybrid troops ORDO.