Volodymyr Zelenskiy said intelligence officials had warned a coup could take place in early December
Zelenskiy told a press conference that the coup could take place at the beginning of the December.
He did not accuse Russia of involvement in the coup attempt but spoke of a wider threat of military escalation from Moscow.
“We have challenges not only from the Russian Federation and possible escalation – we have big internal challenges. I received information that a coup d’etat will take place in our country on Dec. 1-2,” Zelenskiy said.
Russia has been building up forces near its border with Ukraine, and Kyiv, the United States and NATO have voiced concerns about a possible attack – a suggestion the Kremlin has dismissed.
Tensions are growing between the two countries, raising fears that a long-running conflict between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists could erupt into renewed open warfare.
“We are in full control of our borders and are fully prepared for any escalation,” Zelenskiy said.
Ukraine‘s ties with Russia collapsed in 2014 after Moscow annexed Ukraine‘s Crimean peninsula and backed separatists who seized a swathe of eastern Ukraine sometimes known as the Donbass – territory that Kyiv says it wants back.
In response, the Kremlin said it had no plans to take part in an alleged coup plot against Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and that Moscow did not undertake acts of that kind.