The Russian side expects Ukraine to go on the offensive in the Donbas, but this will not happen. This was told by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky in an interview with the Le Figaro French newspaper, - the press service of the Office of the President of Ukraine reports.
When asked what Russia is doing in the Donbas now, Zelensky replied that she was trying to provoke the Ukrainian side.
"They are definitely trying to show that we should be afraid, and they are trying to provoke us. We see the number of shots. We see sniper fire from the occupied territories. We have different intelligence information, and we see the building-up of troops in the Crimea, Donbas and on the borders of Ukraine and Russia in different directions. They seem to interpret this as preparation for the West 2021 exercise. But we all understand that this is pressure", - he noted.
According to him, this pressure is political, militarized and psychological.
"Why psychological? Because they shoot and expect us to respond in the same way. Not only that, they "expect" that we will go on the offensive in eastern Ukraine. But we will not give them "such happiness". We see their rhetoric, rhetoric of the entourage of the President of the Russian Federation. I consider it very dangerous for us, for Europe and, in the end, for his country. This rhetoric is dangerous", - Volodymyr Zelensky summarized.