Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned that the "best friend" for Ukraine's enemies is instilling panic in the country.
Speaking briefly after watching military exercises near Kherson, in southern Ukraine, Zelensky said he had to "analyze all the information" regarding threats at the country's borders.
"And the truth is that we have different information. And now the best friend for enemies is panic in our country. And all this information helps only to create panic, doesn’t help us," Zelensky said.
Zelensky has repeatedly called over recent weeks for Ukrainians to remain calm in the face of rising tensions with Russia.
The president was also asked about possible riots being staged in Ukraine.
"We understand that surprises can happen at any time," he said. "We must rely on our own strength. We understand that such things can happen without warning. Therefore, the most important thing is that we are ready for everything ... ready for any steps from any side, from any borders. I think that our experts, our teams, ministries, our military are at a very serious level."
Asked about the possibility of a Russian invasion, the president said, "As a state, we must rely on ourselves first of all. We must rely on our military first of all. We must rely on our citizens. And we must be ready any day."
But Zelensky cast some doubt on suggestions that Russia might take military action as soon as next week, noting that intelligence on an invasion was not "100%."
"I believe that today there is too much information in the information space about deep full-scale war from Russia Federation’s side. They even say the appropriate dates," he said. "We understand all the risks, we understand that there are these risks. If you have any additional information about the 100% invasion, starting on the 16th, the Russian invasion in Ukraine, please give us this information."