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Poroshenko’s claim of Russian invasion is political tactic

Posted by seumasach on August 31, 2014

Russia Beyond the Headlines 

29th August, 2014

On August 29, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that “Russian forces had entered” his country, yet martial law has not been introduced. One Ukrainian expert interviewed by the Kommersant newspaper believes that Poroshenko’s announcement is a way of avoiding accusations for defeats in the southeast and weakening the pressure from his opponents, including Yulia Tymoshenko, who has called for the imposition of martial law in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions. Kiev-based political analyst Dmitry Dzhangirov has characterized the situation as a competition in patriotic rhetoric between politicians on the eve of parliamentary elections for the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament. Kommersant also writes that making announcements about a Russian invasion is a convenient move for Poroshenko, since it absolves the government of the failure of the “anti-terrorist operations” in the east, where the militants from the unrecognized republics are now on the offensive.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko has described the militant counterattack as a “humanitarian-military operation,” designed to “move the enemy away from the big cities” and thus protect the civilian population.

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