Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard 15:45:10 16/02/2017 russian.rt.com In the event of an open attack on Ukraine, “catastrophic” consequences await Russia and Europe, said the Interior Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov in an interview to Die Welt. “Putin’s regime” will suffer losses that will be estimated at tens of thousands of killed, and crowds of refugees will rush into the European Union, warned the Ukrainian minister. If the West allows Russia freedom of action, Ukrainians are determined to fight back against “Putin’s aggression”, said the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov in an interview to the German Die Welt publication. An invasion of Ukraine will create “a huge number of victims”, Avakov warned. “Ukraine, perhaps, will even lose independence and will cease to exist as a state,” he noted. However, “catastrophic” consequences await Russia, the Ukrainian minister is convinced. “I am not sure that Putin’s regime will sustain losses that will be estimated in the tens of thousands of killed,” noted the Interior Minister of Ukraine. “The Ukrainian army totals 250,000 soldiers. In addition to this are 130,000 police officers, border guards, and fighters of the National guard. It is fundamentally impossible to decide the destiny of Ukraine behind our backs. If Putin strengthens his aggression and will try to resolve the issue in a military way, the result will be catastrophic”. According to Avakov, in the event of an escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, the European Union is threatened by the next migratory crisis. “As a result, on the border of the EU extensive territories will appear where the armed puppet regime of Russia will govern, and crowds of refugees will rush into the European Union”. The Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine also considers that “this tragedy will strike across Europe much more strongly than the Syrian one did”. “In this conflict Europe has no right to be on the side of Russia,” emphasized Avakov. Copyright © 2017. All Rights Reserved.