KIEV, Ukraine – In December, Ukraine plans to carry out military exercises, under the framework of the Martial Law which went into effect over the last days, against land and sea targets, said the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Ukrainian Army, Major General Rodion Timoshenko.
According to the Ukrainian military, in the maneuvers will be used the S-125 2-D1 systems, intended to protect the national airspace.
“Soon, in December, we plan to carry out firing practices with S-125 2-D1 systems against land and sea targets – the system fulfills missions to protect national airspace as well as defense from the sea,” he said.
In addition, the deputy chief reported that in January 2019, the country’s military will conduct military exercises with the Kub missile system.
“We plan to do so, now we are taking action to strengthen Ukraine’s anti-aircraft defense,” he said.
However, the military official did not specify where exactly the troops of the country will carry out the training.
On 26 November the Supreme Rada (Ukrainian parliament) approved the imposition of martial law on the territory of the country for a period of 30 days after the president of Ukraine, Pyotr Poroshenko, supported the initiative.
The decision was taken after the incident in the Kerch Strait on November 25, when three Ukrainian navy ships – Berdyansk, Nikopol and Yany Kapu – crossed the Russian maritime border, thereby violating Articles 19 and 21 of the UN Convention on maritime law. The three ships and their crews were subsequently detained.
Russian President Vladimir Putin called this incident in the Kerch Strain of provocation organized by Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko. In particular, the Russian leader indicated that everything was arranged in order to introduce martial law in Ukraine and thus postpone the presidential elections.
The reason for the postponement of the elections is because polls reveal the huge unpopularity of the president, so much so that it is not expected he will pass the first round in next years elections.