I don’t think that he is talking about repelling a putative Russian invasion here.
He is talking about OFFENSIVE action to retake Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.
Everyone talks about the Russian troops near the border of Ukraine; nobody references the large numbers (100,000) of UKRAINIAN troops.
When I did a search for Ukrainian troops on the border all I could find was reference to Russian troops.
From the webpage of the Ukrainian president
24 January 2022
Ukrainian intelligence has always played an important role in countering external threats. It is time not only to effectively restrain, but also to start offensive actions to defend the national interests of Ukraine. This was emphasized by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a meeting with FIS officials on the occasion of Ukraine’s Foreign Intelligence Day.
“Today, our state confronts extremely dangerous threats, including threats to sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity. In this crucial period, effective intelligence plays an extremely important role,” the Head of State stated.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized that information on the enemy’s plans and actions in all areas is a reliable guarantee for making timely and correct decisions in difficult situations.
The President noted the role of the FIS in preparing materials on key aspects of security, maintaining the negotiations in the Normandy format, the Trilateral Contact Group, gas issues, Nord Stream 2, and ensuring consolidated support for Ukraine from the international community.
“We have learned to deter and counter external aggression quite effectively. I am convinced that the time has come to move to OFFENSIVE actions to defend our national interests.
…You have the experience and ability to implement such a strategy. Intelligence, the ability to generate unconventional solutions to acute problems, the courage and dedication of every intelligence officer should remain effective tools used for the benefit of our state,” the President said.
The Head of State noted the importance of obtaining truthful information so that no one manipulates it and so that no one uses Ukraine to their advantage.
“Our citizens are united in returning our territories and wishing peace to our independent state. That’s why a lot depends on you: on the truthfulness of the information and its timeliness,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
For dedicated service and professionalism, Volodymyr Zelenskyy presented high state awards and housing certificates to the intelligence officers.
|Participation of the President in the solemn event on the occasion of the Day of Foreign Intelligence of Ukraine
24 January 2022 – 12:24