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Russia's Plan to Annex Ukraine in Ten days

Russian Foreign Intelligence Chief has accused Poland of preparing to annex territories in western Ukraine
2022-12-02
Russia's Plan to Annex Ukraine in Ten days

In an interview with Russia’s state-owned RIA Novosti, the director of the country’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), Sergei Naryshkin, said that Poland is  preparaing to seize territories in western Ukraine.

“The information received by the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service indicates that Warsaw is speeding up preparations for annexing Western Ukrainian lands: the territories of Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, and most of the Ternopil region of Ukraine,” Naryshkin said.

Naryshkin continued by saying that Polish President Andrzej Duda directed the relevant services to prepare an official justification for promptly laying claims to western Ukraine.

He explained that Warsaw is afraid that its NATO partners will try to negotiate with Moscow in the winter while not considering the interests of Ukraine and Poland. Therefore the Poles intend to act proactively.

According to Naryshkin, Poland wants to be compensated for providing military assistance to Kyiv, shelter for refugees, and the recent incident where a missile from the ongoing conflict in Ukraine landed in the eastern Polish town of Przewodówon, which killed two Polish citizens.

It remains unclear who fired the missile or where it was launched. While Ukraine maintains that it was a Russian missile, President Duda said it appeared to be a Ukrainian air defense missile fired to counter Russian bombardment but accidentally landed on Polish territory.

Whereas Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky disputed the Polish findings and requested that his officials be given access to the blast site for further investigation.

“Let’s say openly, if, God forbid, some remnant (of Ukraine’s air defenses) killed a person, these people, then we need to apologize. But first, there needs to be a probe and access — we want to get the data you have,” Zelensky said.

Naryshkin said that Polish authorities were aggravated by the Ukrainian missile landing in their territory but had to keep mum on the advice of the US and other European countries.

He also warned Poland against annexing Ukrainian territories while noting that history “is filled with bitter examples of clashes between Polish and Ukrainian nationalists” and urged Warsaw “not to step on the same rake.”