Advisor to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko Yuri Biryukov said that three years ago Russia had a good opportunity to capture the South-East of Ukraine down to Odessa, as in the case of a full-scale offensive of the Ukrainian troops were unable to counteract the external threat.

According to Biryukov, in the summer of 2014, Russia could move its tanks and personnel in the Donbass, there to move into the territory of Ukraine, since at the time the armed forces was unable to counter a threat of this magnitude, according to “Russian conversation”.

Biryukov says that Russian troops could reach Odessa, simultaneously taking control of Kherson, and also to go in a different direction, capturing the neighbouring Donbass Kharkiv oblast. To carry out this operation, Russia would be just a few days .

“And here they are on the asphalt tanks could drive to Odessa. For two or three days. Without encountering any resistance — no one would resist,” he said.

Advisor to the Ukrainian leader noted that the Russian tanks in the summer of 2014 Ukraine could oppose only ten armored personnel carriers.

As previously reported, “Russian conversation” last week, Poroshenko promised the Ukrainians to drive the enemy from the country and regain control over the Donbas first, then over the Crimea.