Ukraine Crisis: Further Provocations to be Met with Tough Consequences , says Crimean MEP

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CRIMEA, Russia – After approving the martial law in Ukraine, it is possible that the authorities of the country carry out new provocations in relation to the Crimea and Donbass, thinks the Russian deputy chosen by the Crimeans, Andrei Kozenko. Nonetheless, he said that nothing threatens the security of citizens.

“There is no doubt that there is a fear of provocations both in relation to the Crimea and Donbass. However, there is nothing to threaten the safety of the residents of the Crimea,” said the Crimean official.

At the same time, he stressed that the self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, where today Kiev also tries to provoke military action in response, also “are able to protect their citizens.”

In his words, all necessary measures to ensure the safety of Donetsk and Lugansk will be taken in these regions:

“All forces are in high combat readiness, and today it is vital to put an end to such provocations so as not to allow the possibility of a large-scale military conflict so desired by the Ukrainian trustees,” he concluded.

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Yesterday, Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko approved the proposal of the National Security and Defense Council to introduce martial law in the country after the incident in the Kerch Strait. Later, martial law was passed by the Ukrainian parliament. The law covers different parts of the country and will be in force for 30 days. Earlier, it was announced that Ukraine had put its army on alert for combat.

On 25 November, three vessels of the Ukrainian navy, Berdyansk, Nikopol and Yany Kapu, in violation of Articles 19 and 21 of the UN Convention on Maritime Law, crossed the Russian border and carried out dangerous maneuvers for several hours without reacting to the requirements of vessels Russian women who accompanied them.

A decision was made to use weapons. All Ukrainian ships were detained approximately 20km from the Russian coast and 50km from the usual place of passage of ships in the Kerch Strait below the Crimean Bridge.

During the incident, three Ukrainian military personnel were slightly injured. They have received medical care and are not at risk of life. Russia has opened a criminal case for breaching the border.

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