Russia is ‘plotting a coup in Ukraine on December first’: Ukranian president holds dramatic news conference to accuse Putin of plan to seize country amid concern at military build-up
- President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Friday he received intelligence of coup
- ‘A coup d’etat will take place in our country on December 1-2,’ Zelenskiy said
- He also declared that Ukraine’s forces stood ready at the border for invasion
- Comes as Russia has sent tens of thousands of troops to the Ukrainian frontier
Russia is plotting a coup in Ukraine on December 1, the Ukrainian president announced today amid soaring tensions over thousands of Russian troops stationed at the border.
Volodymyr Zelenskiy told a news conference: ‘We have challenges not only from the Russian Federation and possible escalation – we have big internal challenges. I received information that a coup d’etat will take place in our country on December 1-2.’
He also said his troops were in full control of the country’s borders and stood ready for any escalation by Vladimir Putin.
Some 94,000 Russian troops have been sent to the Ukrainian border and the White House has warned Europe to brace for an invasion that would dwarf the 2014 annexation of the Crimea.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy attends a news briefing following the Ukraine-EU summit in Kyiv, Ukraine October 12, 2021
Vladimir Putin holds a binoculars as he watches the joint strategic exercise of the armed forces of Russia and Belarus in the Nizhny Novgorod region, Russia, on Sept. 13, 2021