“Ukraine does not seize or return by force its territory now and will not do so in the future. I can tell you this,” SBU adviser Yuriy Tandit told the Interfax-Ukraine news agency on Friday, Joinfo.ua reports.
“That’s why it is possible from this standpoint to turn the statement by the FSB or the [Russian] ministry of defense on its head. We will not use force to return our territory. It is our territory and we have rights to it,” he said.
The SBU adviser said that “citizens of Ukraine live in Crimea and we cannot and do not have the right to make them suffer or launch an attack on someone there.”
“We refute the information [of the Russian FSB about a so-called attempt by a diversionary group made up of crack troops from the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine]. What is the motive? We are not attempting to return our territory by force,” Tandit said.
As earlier reported, Russia’s FSB on Wednesday said it with support of other defense and security structures had averted a breakthrough by groups of saboteurs and terrorists into Crimea from the territory of Ukraine.