Politics 28-11-2018

Ukrainian martial law could cause tensions escalation in Donbass, says Kremlin

The introduction of martial law in parts of Ukraine could lead to an escalation of tensions in the Ukrainian region of Donbass, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said today.

Peskov also stated that the introduction of the martial law of Ukraine in parts of the country has "a special color and a bit camouflaged" in view of the upcoming presidential election in Ukraine in March 2019.

The Ukrainian Parliament approved on Monday a bill that imposes martial law in certain regions of the country that share borders with Russia for 30 days from Wednesday.

The Donbass region has been plagued by tensions and violence since 2014, amid protests by sympathetic groups in Russia and anti-government groups.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko initially tried to impose martial law for 60 days, which, according to some analysts, could prevent the country from holding the March elections.

Tensions have intensified after Russian border guards opened fire on Sunday and seized three Ukrainian naval ships near the Kerch Strait that connects the Black Sea with the Azov Sea, injuring several Ukrainian sailors.

The Russian Federal Security Service said that Ukrainian ships violated the Russian border and carried out dangerous maneuvers despite orders from the Russian side.

Peskov said the incident near the Kerch Strait will have no impact on the G20 summit in Argentina on Friday and Saturday, during which Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with his US counterpart, Donald Trump.

If questions arise about the Kerch Strait incident during Putin's bilateral meetings, no one should doubt that he will offer "comprehensive explanations," Peskov said.


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