Update: Russian Security Chief Warns of Ukraine Split

Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of Russia’s security council, accused Ukraine’s government of submitting to the West’s agenda at the expense of its own citizens.

Patrushev claims, “the Kiev authorities are doing everything to split Ukraine, implementing the West’s scenario to break Ukraine away from Russia, while ignoring the interests of its own people.”

In an apparent effort to sow further discord ahead of the 2019 elections, Patrushev warns that if Ukraine continues to pursue its current policy, this may result in “the loss of Ukraine’s statehood.” According to Patrushev, Ukrainians in the western regions do not trust the natives in the southern and eastern regions, which are currently occupied by Russian operatives. He further states that this internal dissonance coupled with mounting “anti-government sentiment…exacerbated by the inter-church standoff” may result in the fall of Ukraine.

Patrushev seemingly seeks to instill fear in Ukrainians before they head to the polls. This is yet another example of the Kremlin’s continued attempts to disrupt and sow mistrust in an effort to destabilize Ukraine in the midst of the presidential election cycle.