KIEV, Ukraine – The Ukrainian president has recently stated that Russia has plans to invade two Ukrainian cities, Berdyansk and Mariupol, to secure a land route from Donbass to the Crimea.
However, Poroshenko’s statement does not contain any real evidence or arguments about the aforementioned plans, making Deputy of the Federal Duma of Russia, Mikhail Sheremet, to consider the statement “absurd”.
Sheremet said that the statement of the Ukrainian leader is an absurd one, and that the plans quoted exist only in Poroshenko’s “fiery imagination”, who is trying to pass a negative image of Russia without any concrete evidence about such plans. He then emphasized that Russia will never give up its territories, however, it will never intend to invade other territories.
“Therefore, Poroshenko must consider all his actions before planning new provocations against Russia, in addition to stopping the blame on Russia for its own internal failures in the country […],” Sheremet said.
It is noteworthy that the conflict in Eastern Ukraine between the self-proclaimed people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk and the Ukrainian authorities has killed more than 10,000 people since April 2014.
The peace agreement signed in Minsk in 2015 has helped reduce hostilities, but clashes have continued and tensions have been high in recent weeks following Ukrainian naval provocations when three of its ships – Berdyansk, Nikopol and Yany Kapu – crossed the border of Russia, on 25 November, in violation of Articles 19 and 21 of the UN Convention on Maritime Law.
IN late November, the Ukrainian president said his country faces the threat of a “large-scale war” with Russia.
“I do not want anyone to think this is a joke. The country is under threat of a large-scale war with the Russian Federation,” Poroshenko told an interview with Ukrainian television channels.
According to Poroshenko, such a threat of war is allegedly confirmed by intelligence data that Russian military equipment, including tanks, are concentrated near Ukrainian borders.