On December 6, Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko wrote on Twitter that his regime is reinforcing its military forces on the border with Russia.
“…military units from the Ukrainian armed forces have been redeployed to the most dangerous directions along the entire line of our border [with Russia] in order to strengthen defensive capabilities”, Poroshenko wrote.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Parliament approved the law “On the adjacent zone of Ukraine” (No. 8361). In the framework of the law, ships and boats of the Coast Guard of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine can employ weapons without warning to repel an invasion or attack on them. This law comes into force from the day following the day of its publication.
The Parliament also backed a decision to not prolong the term of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.
These steps of the Poroshenko regime will further escalate the already tense situation in the region. Following the November 25 incident between a Ukrainian naval group and Russian coastal guards in the Black Sea, the Kiev government imposed martial law in 10 regions and accused Russia of preparing an invasion.
On December 5 and December 4, representatives of the self-proclaimed Republic of Donetsk as well as the Russian Foreign Ministry warned that the Poroshenko regime with help from British experts may stage a chemical attack to provoke a new round of hostilities in eastern Ukraine.
Starting from November 25, the Poroshenko regime is contributing all possible efforts to fuel at least a limited military conflict with Russia. In early 2019, Ukraine will hold a presidential election and Poroshenko has little chances to win them if no extraordinary measures are employed. The options are:
- to delay the election;
- to purge political opponents;
- to get a “wide” international support that would allow the current regime to remain in power despite low chances to do this via common democratic mechanizms.
The conflict with Russia is the core of all of this options.
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