Muzhenko: If I had known about the invasion of Russia in the night from 23 to 24 August 2014, no parade would not be

Муженко: Если бы было известно о вторжении РФ в ночь с 23 на 24 августа 2014 года, никакого парада бы не было

If I had known about the invasion of Russia in the night from 23 to 24 August, no parade in honor of Independence Day would not exist. This was stated by the chief of the General staff of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko in the documentary “Shadows of Ilovaysk.”

“If it was known that in the night from 23 to 24 held the Russian invasion, I think that no parade would not be, and all the forces and resources would be involved in it in the first place. Second, the parade was attended by the units that were not involved in the ATO, it was the highest military educational institutions, cadets of these institutions took part in the parade,” said the chief of staff.

Muzhenko also denied the information that the intelligence community has announced plans for the invasion of 10-12 days.

“I have no such data and no such information, and by the time we such information is not owned, it is unique. If someone knows someone this information has been provided, the question arises why she went to the leadership of ATO,” – said Muzhenko.

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“The number 24… I first had somewhere around 16:00 hours,” he added.

Recall, August 18, 2014 Ukrainian troops captured most of Ilovaysk. But after the introduction of regular Russian troops on 23-24 August, they were surrounded. 29 August, Russian President Vladimir Putin appealed to the militants with a call to make a humanitarian corridor for withdrawal of Ukrainian troops. August 30 the ATO forces began exiting the city, but the gunmen shot them. The Ministry of defence said that in Ilovaisk killed about 108 of the Ukrainian military, hundreds were wounded and captured. According to confirmed military Prosecutor’s office, in “Ilovaisky boiler” killed 366 military, 429 were wounded.

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The General staff reported that the output of the Antiterrorist operation from the “Ilovaisky boiler” was a break out of the encirclement, it was a way out under guarantees of the Russian Federation (RF).

SBU reported about suspicion to the chief of the General staff Valery Gerasimov and ten military personnel for the events in Ilovaisk. Gerasimov also called the chief ideologist of the invasion of Russia to Ukraine.

Note that Russia denies the presence of its troops in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.