Russian MFA announced Ukraine’s preparation for attack on Donbass and Crimea
According to the official spokesperson of the Ministry Maria Zakharova, Kiev is preparing a provocation to capture the Azov Sea and exit to the border with Russia.
Ukraine is preparing an armed offensive in the Donbass to quickly capture the Mariupol direction and exit to the border with Russia, said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
According to Zakharova, cited by Interfax, in the coming days, Kiev intends to take advantage of the martial law regime introduced in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions and occupy the territory of the Azov region. The MFA spokesperson noted that from 1 to 7 December alone, OSCE observers found 190 units of heavy weapons and equipment, prohibited under the “Minsk agreements,” outside the authorized storage places.
The Foreign Ministry believes that the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, needs s provocation in the Donbass “like air” in order to raise his own rating in the run-up to presidential elections in the country.
The source of Kommersant in the Foreign Ministry reported that similar concerns exist regarding the Crimea. According to the source, Kiev may conduct an offensive in the area of the Perekopsky isthmus connecting the Crimea to the mainland on December 24-25. At the same time, notes the source of the publication, an offensive of low intensity is planned to avoid a direct military confrontation, but nevertheless, "there will be shooting."
Earlier, Zakharova has already announced upcoming provocations in the Donbass. The official argued that "substantial offensive components are being transferred" to the region, which "spread out along the entire contact line."
Ukraine controls the port city of Mariupol. To the west of Mariupol is the port of Berdyansk on the coast of the Azov Sea, where the Ukrainian ships, detained on November 25 in the Kerch Strait, allegedly went to. The FSB claims that the vessels illegally crossed the Russian border. After the incident, the Ukrainian authorities imposed martial law in ten regions of the country and banned Russian men aged 16-60 from entering.