Poroshenko Announces Troop Deployments to Azov Sea to Face Off Against Russia


KIEV, Ukraine – Kiev is moving parachute units to the sea coast of Azov and the Black Sea, stated Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko during his visit to the part of the Donetsk region controlled by Ukrainian authorities.

According to the Ukrainian president, among others who will be dispatched by air include detachments of the 95th brigade, which will also strengthen the defense of the coast, a Ukrainian TV channel said.

Poroshenko added that after the imposition of martial law, the short-term training of the brigades that defended the most dangerous flank was carried out.

The Ukrainian leader pointed out that the army was put in combat readiness. In addition, the Border Service, the National Guard and the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) were activated, adding that the protection of the national border was strengthened.

Russian Deputy Aleksandr Sherin believes that Poroshenko’s statement is one more way of raising his popularity and a pretext for prolonging martial law. According to him, the decision is not appropriate from the military point of view, nor from the point of view of military tactical or strategic actions.

“What he announces resembles a computer game of a person who has never served in the army,” said the Russian politician.

Black Sea Provocations

The situation in the region worsened after three Ukrainian navy ships crossed the Russian maritime border, thus violating maritime law. On November 25, the vessels entered temporarily closed waters and carried out dangerous maneuvers, ignoring the demands of the Russian Coast Guard.

The Russian Coast Guard was forced to use guns. Then the three Ukrainian ships were seized and the crews were detained. The Russian side has opened a criminal case for breach of the border.

After the incident, the Ukrainian parliament approved the imposition of martial law in 10 regions of Ukraine for 30 days.

According to the Russian leader, the hostile Ukrainian action in the Black Sea is associated with the low popularity of the president of Ukraine, Pyotr Poroshenko, on the eve of the elections.

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