KIEV, Ukraine – According to Maria Zakharova, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Ukraine is preparing an offensive against militias in the Mariupol area of southern Donetsk province and could use it to prolong martial law and cancel the presidential elections in Ukraine.
“According to information we have, Kiev is planning to carry out an armed provocation in the line of contact [in Donbass] and then, taking advantage of martial law covering the provinces of Donetsk and Lugansk, they will launch an energy offensive in the Mariupol area to take over territories on the coast of the Sea of Azov, controlled by Donetsk, and advance to the border with Russia,” said Maria Zakharova.
“A sharp escalation is necessary for the president of Ukraine, [Pyotr] Poroshenko, being as necessary as air, to try to stop the steady fall of his popularity on the eve of the elections,” said the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, adding that a worsening situation in the eastern part of the country would be a pretext “to prolong martial law and even to cancel presidential elections.”
It is noteworthy that, on November 26, the Ukrainian parliament supported the initiative of Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko to impose martial law in 10 regions of the east of the country.
This comes as only days ago it was revealed that the National Bank of Ukraine spent $125 million to insure the exchange rate change in the country in the first 3 days after the imposition of martial law in the country in response to the incident in the Kerch Strait.
The information was disclosed by the bank’s president, Yakiv Smolii, on Sunday.
On November 26, the Ukrainian parliament supported the initiative of Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko to impose martial law in 10 regions of the east of the country.
The measure was a response to the incident in the Kerch Strait where three Ukrainian ships were detained by Russia after illegally crossing Russian territorial waters.