Printed on Thu Sep 29 2022 8:41:13 PM

"Reducing attacks on Kyiv just 'reassembling'. "

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Reducing attacks on Kyiv

Oleksandr Danylyuk, a former Ukraine national security adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky, says he does not believe Russia's pledge to reduce military operations around Kyiv and Chernihiv.

He says the sound of shelling this morning has confirmed his fears.

While there is no escalation and some troops have moved away from Kyiv, "this is just reassembling", he says.

Russia has already refocused its campaign on Ukraine's eastern regions after suffering a series of setbacks to the north of the capital.

Danylyuk believes Russia will put all its efforts into taking Donetsk and Luhansk, in the east, as Vladimir Putin needs to show a victory.

But he says Russia is "not going to ease their grab" on Kyiv and Chernihiv – "this is just words".

He says Russia has proposed de-escalation for the areas but says this is where Ukrainian troops were already advancing and retaking territories.

"So now if we just continue freeing towns near Kyiv, Russia will accuse us of working against de-escalation," he says.

"As always there are military and diplomatic KGB games all combined, this is just one game," he adds.

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