KYIV — Russia may try to occupy the industrial city of Kharkiv if it takes military action in Ukraine, and this would be the start of a “large-scale war,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told the Washington Post.
Russia has tens of thousands of troops near its border with Ukraine. Kharkiv, in eastern Ukraine, is the former Soviet republic’s second biggest city and lies 42 km (26 miles) from the border.
“I will say realistically if Russia decides to enhance their escalation, of course they are going to do this on those territories where historically there are people who used to have family links to Russia,” Zelenskiy said.
“Kharkiv, which is under Ukraine government control, could be occupied. Russia needs a pretext: They will say that they are protecting the Russian-speaking population.”
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