Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, commented on the statements of the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, about the transfer of Ukrainian troops to the border with Russia, calling it not only a provocation, but also an intimidation of the Ukrainians themselves.
“Petro Poroshenko said the transfer of Ukrainian troops to the border with Russia. This is not only a provocation against Russia, the worst thing is that it is intimidation of its own people. Intimidation by its tales of” evil moskalyah “that can invade, but in fact Ukrainian the authorities will control the population of these regions through the military, “the deputy wrote in the Telegram.
Slutsky noted that the transfer of troops is conducted in those regions of Ukraine, “where Poroshenko has the least support, where his candy throne is staggering.”
“And here the aggression of the President of Ukraine is directed primarily at his own people. Unfortunately, the current leadership of Ukraine only wants to rule, and not fulfill its duties to the people,” he concluded.
The Ukrainian president also said on the air of the channel “112 Ukraine” that there allegedly is in Kiev “information about a sharp increase in Russian troops” along the border, but did not provide any evidence.
The incident in the Black Sea, during which the ships of the Ukrainian Navy violated the border of the Russian Federation and were detained by Russian ships, aggravated the already difficult relationship between Kiev and Moscow. Against the background of the incident, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on November 26 approved Poroshenko’s decree on imposing martial law in certain regions of the country for 30 days. Poroshenko said that he proposed Rada to impose martial law for 30 days, not 60 days, so as not to disrupt the elections, which are to be held on March 31.
Kiev has repeatedly claimed that Russia allegedly interferes in the affairs of Ukraine and is a party to the conflict in the Donbas. The Russian Foreign Ministry called these allegations “public unsubstantiated insinuations.” Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to the internal Ukrainian conflict and is not involved in the events in the south-east, it is interested in Ukraine’s overcoming the political and economic crisis.