Ennis-Based Ukrainian Doesn’t Believe Russia Conflict Is ‘Inevitable’

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A Ukrainian national who’s based in Ennis doesn’t believe a potential conflict with Russia is ‘an inevitability’.

It comes as the Foreign Affairs Minister has warned the consequences the Russians will face will be enormous if the country invades Ukraine.


Russian troops have been massing on the Ukrainian border amid rising international tensions.

Warships are also on the way to Ireland to take part in military exercises off the County Cork coast next week.

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney says he hopes a resolution can be found through dialogue.

The Department of Transport is warning ships of a “serious safety risk” next month, when the Russian Navy begin their military drills.

Its shared the coordinates of the exercise, which it says will involve naval artillery and rockets.

The Russian Ambassador to Ireland has met with fishermen later this morning, ahead of their planned protest against the drills.

Chief executive of the Irish South and West Fish Producers Organisation Patrick Murphy says the Department’s warning is addressed to the wrong side.

Meanwhile, an Ennis-based Ukraine native says she doesn’t believe conflict with Russia is a fait accompli.

Lena Madden has been living in Ennis since 2006 and grew up in the city of Donetsk.

She believes Ukrainians are prepared and ready for conflict if needed.