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Russia braces for border ‘escalation’ over ‘NATO and Ukraine plans to seize it’

Deputy Head of the Main Operational Directorate of the Ukrainian General Staff Oleksiy Hromov

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Deputy head of the Main Operational Directorate of the Ukrainian General Staff, Oleksiy Hromov, said in a Nov. 24 briefing that Russia was spreading false information to justify its actions.

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“The enemy is spreading information and preparing its troops for a so-called ‘possible escalation of the situation’ in the period from November 23 to 28 on the Russian-Ukrainian border,” Hromov said.

“(Russia claims) that ‘NATO and Ukraine will seek to seize the peaceful border areas of Belarus and Russia’.”

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According to Hromov, Russian military units in Belgorod Oblast were ordered to set up minefields and explosive barriers.

Russia would like to prevent a “breakthrough of sabotage and reconnaissance groups of the Ukrainian Defense Forces into Russian territory,” Hromov said.

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At the same time, according to the official, Belarus only carries out reconnaissance, while Russia continues to bomb the Ukrainian border areas.

The Ukrainian General Staff earlier said that around 10,000-15,000 members of the Belarusian security forces were ready to take part in Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Read the original article on The New Voice of Ukraine

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