Spokeswoman of Russia’s Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova claimed that “Ukraine prepares armed provocation at the contact line in Donbas for rapid offensive on Mariupol direction with the access to the border with Russia” as Interfax reported.
“According to the present information, in the next few days Kyiv is going to arrange the armed provocation at the contact line in order, using martial law, which is also imposed in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, to organize the rapid offensive on Mariupol directon to seize (the occupied territories of Donbas,- 112.international) the territories of Azov region and access to the border with Russia,” Zakharova said.
According to her, “it is planned to use the focused military grouping for the fulfillment of the military tasks; it was reinforced by forces and hardware by the Armed Forces of Ukraine during a few past months.”
“Only in the period of time from December 1 until December 7, the OSCE observers spotted 190 units of the heavy weapons and hardware banned by the Minsk Agreements beyond established storages,” Zakharova stated.
She noted that “by design of Kyiv strategists, the sharp escalation is needed as the air by President of Ukraine Poroshenko to try to stop the steadily decreasing rating of his popularity before the elections.”
Earlier Poroshenko demanded to urgently create an inter-ministerial coordination body for forming Ukraine’s claims to Russia.