Ukraine – Poroshenko Initiated Clash With Russia To Gain Dictatorial Powers – He Failed

Ukraine – Poroshenko Initiated Clash With Russia To Gain Dictatorial Powers – He Failed

November 27, 2018
The Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko’s attempted to shore up his approval rate for the upcoming election by provoking a military incident. It was a gamble and it failed.
Three Ukrainian boats, a tug and two gun boats, attempted to sail from the Black Sea through the Kerch Strait into the Sea of Azov. The Kerch Strait is territorial Russian water since Crimea voted to join Russia. “Innocent passage” is allowed but necessitates following the laws and regulations of the territorial country.
Read more at https://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/11/ukraine-poroshenko-initiated-clash-with-russia-to-gain-dictatorial-powers-he-failed.html#more

Ukraine Declares Martial Law as Tensions With Russia Soar

Officials say move stops short of a declaration of war
By Posted on
Following up on Sunday’s maritime incident in the Sea of Azov, the Ukrainian parliament voted Monday on a declaration of martial law. They are presenting this as a “partial mobilization” of the military as officials hype the possibility of war with Russia.
The martial law will formally begin on Wednesday, and last for 30 days. President Petro Poroshenko said he intends to respect the rights of individual Ukrainian citizens during this period.
Read more at https://news.antiwar.com/2018/11/26/ukraine-declares-martial-law-as-tensions-with-russia-soar/

Detained Ukrainian Servicemen Confirm They Provoked Black Sea Incident With Russia Upon Order From Their Command

27.11.2018
The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said on November 26 that it has questioned Ukrainian servicemen who were detained following the maritime incident in the Kerch Strait.
The FSB released a video footage of the questioning session with:
3rd Rank Captain Vladimir Lesovoy, commander of a support vessels division of the Ukrainian South naval base (army unit A-1728);
Andrei Drach, according to Russian officials, officer of the 7th main military intelligence directorate of the Ukrainian Security Service who had been onboard the Nikolpol boat;
Sergei Tsybizov, a sailor from the Nikopol.
Read more at https://southfront.org/detained-ukrainian-servicemen-confirm-they-provoked-black-sea-incident-with-russia-upon-order-from-their-command/

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Russia-Ukraine stand-off over Azov Sea continues as Poroshenko declares martial law

By Clara Weiss
27 November 2018
Following Russia’s capture of three Ukrainian vessels on Sunday in the Azov Sea, the Ukrainian government, at the behest of President Petro Poroshenko and the War Cabinet, has introduced martial law starting November 28 for 30 days. On Monday, the Ukrainian armed forces also announced that they were fully combat ready. Meanwhile, US media foreign policy and think tank officials have been beating the war drum, urging a “tough” response to alleged “Russian aggression” by the Ukraine, NATO and the US.
Read more at https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/11/27/azov-n27.html