Spokesperson of Russian President Dmitry Peskov states that the Russian Federation does not intend to seize Ukrainian cities Mariupol and Berdyansk to “penetrate a corridor” to Crimea. He made such a statement commenting President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko as Interfax reported.
“It is a completely absurd statement. It is one more attempt to provoke the tension in some way,” Peskov said.
According to him, such statements are directly connected with the upcoming presidential elections in Crimea. “It is clear that, probably, such attempts, to our regret, will continue in the run-up to the elections in Ukraine,” he noted.
Peskov also assured that Russia “has never seized anything and has not paved any corridor anywhere.”
Earlier President Petro Poroshenko and Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin assume that Russia is preparing for the seizure of two Ukrainian seaside cities Mariupol and Berdyansk through the attack at the Ukrainian ships in Kerch Strait.
As we reported earlier, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov.
Given the tough situation in the area of Kerch Strait in the Sea of Azov, President Petro Poroshenko supported the offer of Ukraine's national security and defense council; it stipulates that the Ukrainian Parliament should consider the option to impose the martial law in Ukraine.
On November 28, the Uriadovy Kurier, the official outlet of the Ukrainian Cabinet, published the presidential decree No.392, which activates the decision of the National Security and Defense Council in Ukraine about the 30-days-long martial law in Ukraine.