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Russia wants to connect Crimea and occupied eastern regions, - Poroshenko

The President noted that due to such aggressive actions from Russia's side, the Ukrainian army "has to keep our weapon ready on the territories of Donetsk, Zaporizhia regions and off the coast of Azov Sea"
19:51, 28 November 2018

Presidential Administration press office

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated that Russian Federation wants to connect occupied Crimea with the occupied territories on the East of the country, as he said at the meeting with the local residents of Cherkassy region on air of 112 Ukraine.

“If there is no open Russian aggression and breakthrough, first of all we have to keep our weapon ready on the territories of Donetsk, Zaporizhia regions and off the coast of Azov Sea. What for? Because they want to connect occupied Crimea and the occupied territories on the East of our country. We already have another army, another cohesive nation, and we will not let this happen,” the President noted.

Related: EU declaration on Azov Sea to come out today, - correspondent

It should be noted that due to the Azov crisis, Ukraine’s Parliament agreed on the presidential initiative to impose martial lawfor 30 days in some regions on November 26. First, they wanted to introduce the regime for 60 days, till January 25. Then, the term was reduced and the Parliament adopted the document on the date of the presidential elections.

Earlier, Russia attacked ship group of Ukraine’s Navy in Kerch Strait and captured its crew (23 servicemen).

Related: Russia begins arrest of Ukrainian sailors detained in Kerch Strait during Azov crisis

Ukraine regarded such actions as an open military aggression and initiated the imposition of the martial law, and asked EU and the U.S. for help.

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