NSDC explains why Ukrainians were not warned about war

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16:30, 26.02.2023

There have been many warning dates from Western partners.

National Security and Defence Council Secretary Oleksiy Danilov said during a Radio Liberty marathon that the Ukrainian authorities had several dates for the start of a full-scale war, but no one knew the exact date of the offensive.

No one could predict where the enemy would go, how it would do it, whether it would use combat aviation. There were several scenarios for the start of the war. There were many dates," Danilov said.

He noted that western partners warned about the invasion, but the dates varied. So initially there was information about November, then January, December, finally February.

The last one, when we realized it was on the 22nd, was when we already had a map of Pskov paratroopers, one of the units of Pskov paratroopers, which was directly supposed to enter by the route that was on this map," the NSDC secretary explained.

He recalled that Ukraine had introduced a state of emergency on 23 February.

Also, Danilov stressed that 24 February 2022 was not the beginning of the war, it started when Putin stormed the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula.

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Elena Rasenko
Elena Rasenko
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