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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that Russia allegedly intends to capture the Ukrainian city near the Azov sea. He told about it in interview to the German Funke Media Group, reports on Sunday, December 2, RIA Novosti.
“Russia is not abandoning its plan to expand its occupation of Ukraine. Moscow is trying to land corridor from the occupied Donbass in the occupied Crimea by capturing Mariupol and Berdyansk,” said the Ukrainian leader.
According to Poroshenko, the proof of this is the incident in the Kerch Strait, during which were detained by Ukrainian sailors, crossed the Russian border.
Ukraine is not the first time declares the intention of Russia to seize “land corridor” to the Crimea. In October 2017, the General-the Lieutenant of Armed forces of Ukraine (AFU) Igor Romanenko said that such actions of Russia is necessary to group in the 40 thousand troops.
In may 2016, the former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yevhen Marchuk was accused Moscow of training operations with the aim of entering the administrative border of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
The incident in the Kerch Strait took place on 25 November. Border Department of the FSB of Russia detained three Ukrainian ships that crossed the Russian border, has not responded to the requirement to stop and started to do dangerous maneuvers. The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has considered the detention of vessels “an act of military aggression”, introduced in some areas of the country martial law, and established restrictions on entry to the country for Russian men. Moscow said about the violation of Ukrainian sailors of the Russian state border.
Relations between Kyiv and Moscow deteriorated sharply after the reunification of the Crimea with Russia in March 2014 and the beginning of the conflict in the Donbass in April of the same year. Ukraine accuses Moscow regularly in the conduct of hostilities in the South-East of its territory and calls the aggressor, the Kremlin denies the accusations, pointing to the lack of evidence.
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