On December 17, Ukrainian president Pyotr Poroshenko announced that Ukrainian military units will deploy by air under the pretext of “repelling possible large-scale aggression” by Russia, UNIAN reports.
According to him, the Ukrainian military asked to implement martial law in order to execute a force deployment plan. In addition, he pointed out that a 30-day period is too short for the armed forces to be fully deployed. That is why the decision was made to deploy the units by air, “We will redeploy some of our divisions using aircraft, organize a defense line, and build the a first response force,” Poroshenko explained.
After the Ukrainian Navy violated the Russian border at the Kerch Strait and the Navy vessels were detained, Pyotr Poroshenko called this an act of Russian aggression, and he implemented a 30-day martial law in ten Ukrainian regions sharing a common border with Russia, Moldova as well as regions located near the coast of the Black and Azov Seas, beginning on November 26.
Recently, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Ukrainian armed forces are pulling up toward the contact line in the Donbass region and to the Crimean border, “About 19 thousand military personnel and a large number of equipment. British and the US instructors are assisting them,” Lavrov said. Russian Foreign Minister promised that in the event of another military provocation by Pyotr Poroshenko, he [Pyotr Poroshenko] won’t find it funny afterwards. Russian Defense Ministry also reported that Crimea will receive over ten Su-27SM and Su-30M2 fighter jets.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency