The decision of the Kiev government to impose martial law poses a risk of escalating conflict in certain areas of the country, namely in the southeast, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told media on November 27.
“This is Ukraine’s domestic affair, but amid the elections, certainly, such a step as imposing martial law has a special undisguised undertone. Potentially, the imposition of martial law in some regions may pose a risk of escalating tensions in the conflict-hit region, namely the southeast,” Peskov said according to TASS.
Martial law is entering power in 10 of Ukraine’s 27 regions on November 28. It comes amid the recently escalated tensions between Russia and Ukraine in the Black Sea. The situation has been also escalating in the region of Donbass where multiple firefights and artillery strikes have been reported since the November 25.
According to some reports, which have a common sense, it could be expected that Poroshenko will use the martial law regime to kick off a wide-scale crackdown on critics of his regime, first of all opposition politicians, journalists and bloggers.