Ukraine is aware of the risks of escalation of the situation on the part of the Russian Federation, is preparing for any developments and is in constant consultation with international partners in order to resolve the conflict through political and diplomatic means. This was stated by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a conversation with media representatives during a working trip to the Kherson region.
The Head of State noted that the Ukrainian authorities understand all the risks, as they receive information from various sources, including their own intelligence and intelligence agencies of partner countries. And first of all, our country must rely on its own forces, on its military and civilians.
"There can be surprises any time. We must rely on our own forces. We understand that such things (escalation - ed.) can take place without warning. Therefore, the most important thing is that we are ready for everything. And this is exactly what is being worked out. We are ready for any steps from any side, from any borders," Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed.
The President stated that Ukraine is grateful for all the intelligence from international partners, but the information received must be analyzed very carefully.
"I must talk to people as President and tell people the truth. And the truth is that we have a lot of information. Now the best friend for the enemy is panic in our country," the Head of State stressed.
At the same time, he noted that negotiations are underway at the international level to prevent escalation.
"We work separately at the diplomatic level, we communicate daily with the leadership of different countries, leaders of different levels, because we believe that the diplomatic path is the only way to de-escalation and de-occupation," Volodymyr Zelenskyy summed up.