The Russian army is preparing for a retaliatory operation due to the explosions in occupied Crimea, said General Mykola Malomuzh, the former head of the Foreign Intelligence Service, Report informs via UNIAN.

According to General Malomuzh, Russia’s probable operation may occur on August 24, Ukraine’s Independence Day.

“The opponent is preparing for new offensive operations. Many aviation and missile systems are concentrated on the territory of Belarus. We expect new missile strikes and large-scale offensive,” he said.