MOSCOW, Russia – Russian Senator Andrei Kozlenko commented on the statement by Lieutenant General Igor Romanenko, chief of staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, on the idea of sending ships to the Sea of Azov with the help of “space-based monitoring.”
According to the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Aleksandr Turchinov, Kiev plans a new passage of warships across the Kerch Strait. The Russian Foreign Ministry has described the statement as recognition of the intention to carry out another provocation, which will further worsen the situation.
Ukrainian lieutenant-general Igor Romanenko said in an interview with UAportal, “monitoring from space” with the help of Western allies could help Kiev to move to the sea of Azov. He believes that in this case, Russia would be “in a very difficult position”, while for Ukraine it is “an option in which has nothing to lose.”
“Such initiatives can only cause a smile, since they seem more like an anecdote than actual plans to conquer the Sea of Azov, now apparently with the help of new extraterrestrial allies, they will achieve this,” Kozlenko said.
According to him, Russia will not allow provocations and will prevent any attempts to violate its maritime and land borders.
On 25 November, three Ukrainian ships violated the Russian national border, entering Russian waters temporarily closed, performing dangerous maneuvers and ignoring the demands of the crews of Russian boats and ships that were accompanying them. The Russian side was forced to use weapons, as a result, three Ukrainian military officers were slightly injured. All three ships were detained.
The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine voted for the introduction of martial law for a term of 60 days in the territory of the country, decision supported by the Ukrainian president, Pyotr Poroshenko. Subsequently, the deadline was reduced to 30 days. Russian President Vladimir Putin linked the incident to Poroshenko’s low popularity on the eve of the country’s presidential election.
Subsequently, Kyiv repeatedly stated that Urania was ready to make a new passage of warships across the Kerch Strait.