It’s been a little over a year since Russia invaded Eastern Ukraine, taking over Crimea. Though the fighting between the country led by Vladimir Putin and what remains of the country led by Petro Poroshenko has somewhat leveled, their relationship is less than civil. The Inquisitr reported on the reason why both countries are up in arms: the Russian takeover of Crimea. It is now reported that Putin did have a say in it and, if nuclear bombers are delivered there, it is estimated that the following “war will at least kill 10 million,” as mentioned by Lech Walesa (former president of 3rd Polish Republic).
Apparently, Lech Walesa isn’t the only politician concerned about Vladimir Putin’s recent moves in Crimea. It is now reported that Petro Poroshenko fears the “colossal threat” of a Russian invasion.
According to Euro News, Petro Poroshenko told his military to prepare for a possible “full-scale invasion” by Russia along their joint border. The reasons for Poroshenko’s sudden concern is because they had the worst fighting with Russian-backed separatists in months the day before. The firefight lasted about twelve hours, when Ukraine says the Russian-backed separatists tried to take the town of Maryinka.
Because of the aforementioned situation, Petro Poroshenko addressed Parliament, utilizing the word “invasion” to refer to Russia’s behavior since the start of the rebellion back in 2014.
“There is a colossal threat of a renewal of large-scale military operations from the side of the Russian-terrorist groups.
The military must be ready as much for a renewal of an offensive by the enemy in the Donbass as they are for a full-scale invasion along the whole length of the border with Russia. We must be truly ready for this.”
The new attack has also caused concern for other countries, especially Germany and the European Union (EU), as reported by Yahoo! News. According to EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic, the recent fights between Ukraine and Russia are considered “the most serious violation” of a ceasefire set up between both countries back in February of this year. However, the ceasefire was truly a fragile condition between both countries, and extremely unpredictable in its effectiveness. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier provides insight.
“The truce is fragile, the violations can lead to us again falling back into a state of military escalation.”
As of now, there are no reports of further fighting between Ukraine and Russia. However with the ceasefire clearly breached, it will only be a matter of time until the skirmishes happen again.
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