Poroshenko: Number of Tanks Located Along Ukrainian Border Has Tripled
The president said that Ukraine is under the threat of a full-scale Russian invasion
Photo from Petro Poroshenko’s Twitter
The imposition of martial law is necessary due to threat of a full scale Russian invasion, President Petro Poroshenko said in an interview with Ukrainian TV channels.
“In fact, what happened on Nov. 25 is an extraordinary event that occurred for the first time in four and a half years of Russian aggression. Officially, without tearing chevrons off, without ‘green men,’ many Russian warships attacked Ukrainian ships. We have clear evidence that an attack on Ukrainian ships is just the beginning ,” he said, adding that intelligence has provided several proofs.
Poroshenko showed journalists the satellite images of the Russian military base located at the border with Ukraine.
“These are photos of the Russian military base,which is located 18 kilometers from our border. This is Sep. 17, and here is Sep. 24, and all these units are tanks. This is October. As you can see, the number of tanks in the bases, which are located along our border, has tripled. The number of units relocated has increased dramatically covering the entire length of our border,” the president said.
He stressed that the concentration of Russian ships is particularly dense in the Azov Sea and in the Kerch Strait.
“That means that they were aware, they were getting prepared. That means that Russian actions were targeted, complemented with the supply of necessary aviation, means of electronic warfare, marines, special forces,” he said.
Russian provocations began on Nov. 25. It started with a Russian coastal guard ship ramming into a Ukrainian tugboat that was transporting two artillery boats from Odesa to Mariupol. Russia blocked access to the Azov Sea altogether and sent two Ka-52 attack helicopters to tail the Ukrainian ships. Finally, it fired on the vessels.
Russian Special Forces then seized the three Ukrainian vessels in the Black Sea. Several sailors were wounded.
Poroshenko then signed a decree introducing martial law in the country. The Verkhovna Rada committee approved the decree, and finally the Rada voted to pass martial law in 10 regions of the country for 30 days.
Arsen Avakov, Ukrainian minister of internal affairs, posted a video that shows the Russian ship trailing the Ukrainian tugboat and ramming into it intentionally.