Ukraine is ready to counter the Russian threat / Photo from the Ukrainian Navy

The Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) has shared its estimates of a military threat from the side of the Russian Federation in Ukraine's south, saying that "everything is well sealed."

"As for Mykolaiv and Kherson regions [the south of Ukraine], everything is well sealed. But we understand who could unleash a war with us – this is the Russian Federation. It is a big mistake to underestimate its strength," NSDC Secretary Oleksiy Danilov told Ukraine 24 TV Channel.

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According to him, Ukraine is not alone in countering the Russian threat. "We have partners who are working with us on these issues," he said.

"Large-scale NATO exercises in the Black Sea – Sea Breeze – have recently ended. You saw how many countries had participated. There is a strong understanding that we cannot be left alone in such a situation. There may be drills simultaneously with [Russian] Caucasus 2020, and [they may be held] in rather unexpected places. Where will the exercises take place in September? Let's wait and see," he said.

When asked whether such exercises could annoy Russia, Danilov replied: "What do you mean 'annoy?' We live in our own country, our task is to defend it. If someone is annoyed by our behavior, it's not a matter of our attention."