The publication writes that on the first day of the large-scale invasion of Russia, the head of the presidential office, Andrei Yermak, received a call from Dmitry Kozak, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
D. Kozak, who was born in Ukraine, but has held an important position in the Kremlin for two decades and is performing the tasks of the Russian president, said that it is time for the Ukrainians to surrender. “The Washingon Post” writes that A. Yermak’s response was unequivocal: he dismissed his “colleague” from Russia and hung up the phone.
The Washington Post article also mentions a conversation between Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov and his Belarusian counterpart Viktor Chrenin on the eve of the invasion and a few days later. February 22 V. Chrenin, “giving his word”, assured that there would be no attack from the territory of Belarus.
During another conversation, on February 26, the Belarusian minister called O. Reznikov to convey in a “shaking voice” the message of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu: “if Ukraine signs the act of surrender, the invasion will stop.”
Mr. Reznikov then replied: “I am ready to accept Russia’s capitulation.”
Alexey Danilov, the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, also said that V. Chrenin, a few days before the large-scale invasion of the Russian Federation, deceived the Ukrainian authorities in May.
V. Chrenin assured that no one would attack Ukraine from the territory of Belarus, A. Danilov said in an interview with Ukrinform.
“Two days before the start of the war, our defense minister communicated with the defense minister of Belarus. And they assured us that it would not happen in any way”, said A. Danilov.
According to A. Danilov, the head of the border guard of Ukraine communicated with the chief border officer of Belarus, who assured that they “will not participate in this”.
He noted that Russian forces entered the territory of Ukraine from Belarus, to Kharkiv, Sumy, Chernihiv regions, as well as in the direction of Luhansk and from the temporarily occupied Crimea.
“You saw how many armored vehicles, how many soldiers moved into our country in the first days?” And if the factories that were supposed to supply missiles and other weapons were operating all those years, then these questions are intended for both the government and the society as a whole. Now they blame the border guards or the Ministry of Internal Affairs for missing something somewhere? What are we even talking about here? I want everyone to understand that this is a war. And preparing for any war is a very difficult task. No one knows what scenario it will take,” said the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.
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