On December 26, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko announced the end of a martial law, which was introduced in November after a clash between a Ukrainian naval ground and Russian coastal guards in the Black Sea, south of the Kerch Strait.
“Today, right now, at 2:00pm [local time], the martial law ends,” he said. “I would like to highlight that the Russian threat has not gone away.”
Since November, the Kiev regime has repeatedly claimed that Russia is about to invade Ukraine and openly prepared for the resumption of hostilities in the region by deploying additional troops and equipment in eastern and southern parts of the country. Top Ukrainian officials also threatened to stage fresh military provocations in the region, like a naval operation to break the nonexistent “Russian siege” on the Sea of Azov.
However, Poroshenko’s plans found little if no support among Western states, in particular in the United States. This became on of the main factors limiting the chances of a new hot conflict in the region.
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