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Ukraine’s President Says “High” Threat Of Russian Invasion, Urges NATO Entry In Next 5 Years

Via Zerohedge


Perhaps still seeking to justify imposing martial law over broad swathes of his country, and attempting to keep international pressure and media focus on a narrative of “Russian aggression,” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko denounced what he called the high “threat of Russian invasion” during a press conference on Sunday, according to Bloomberg.

Though what some analysts expected would be a rapid flair up of tit-for-tat incidents following the late November Kerch Strait seizure of three Ukrainian vessels and their crew by the Russian Navy has gone somewhat quiet, with no further major incident to follow, Poroshenko has continued to signal to the West that Russia could invade at any moment.

“The lion’s share of Russian troops remain” along the Russian border with Ukraine, Poroshenko told journalists at a press conference in the capital, Kiev. “Unfortunately, less than 10 percent were withdrawn,” he said, and added: “As of now, the threat of Russian troops invading remains. We have to be ready for this, we won’t allow a repeat of 2014.”

Poroshenko, who declared martial law on Nov. 26, citing at the time possible imminent “full-scale war with Russia” and Russian tank and troop build-up, on Sunday noted that he will end martial law on Dec. 26 and the temporarily suspended presidential campaign will kick off should there be no Russian invasion. He also previously banned all Russian males ages 16-60 from entering Ukraine as part of implementation of 30 days of martial law over ten provinces, though it’s unclear if this policy will be rescinded.

During his remarks, the Ukrainian president said his country should push to join NATO and the EU within the next five years, per Bloomberg:

While declining to announce whether he will seek a second term in the office, Poroshenko said that Ukraine should achieve peace, overcome the consequences of its economic crisis and to meet criteria to join the EU and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization during next five years.

But concerning both his retaining power and his ongoing “threat exaggeration” — there’s even widespread domestic acknowledgement that the two are clearly linked.

According to The Globe and Mail:

While Mr. Poroshenko’s domestic rivals accuse him of exaggerating the threat in order to boost his own flagging political fortunes — polls suggest Mr. Poroshenko is on track to lose his job in a March election — military experts say there are reasons to take the Ukrainian president’s warning seriously.

As we observed previously, while European officials have urged both sides to exercise restraint, the incident shows just how easily Russia and the West could be drawn into a military conflict over Ukraine.

Certainly Poroshenko’s words appear designed to telegraph just such an outcome, which would keep him in power as a war-time president, hasten more and massive western military support and aid, and quicken his country’s entry into NATO — the latter which is already treating Ukraine as a de facto strategic outpost.

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craig watson
December 17, 2018

Trump is doing / will do the same, damn everyone else on planet earth. These 2 are brothers-in-evil

You can call me AL
You can call me AL
Reply to  craig watson
December 17, 2018

I dont actually think the Yankers are that stupid.

Normski1
Normski1
December 17, 2018

Poroshenko really should stop eating those mushrooms!.

Tom Welsh
Tom Welsh
December 17, 2018

‘“The lion’s share of Russian troops remain” along the Russian border with Ukraine, Poroshenko told journalists at a press conference in the capital, Kiev…’

I am sure that the journalists all verified the truth of that statement.

It’s much more likely that “the lion’s share” of Ukrainian troops are close to the border with Russia. After all, they are inside Ukraine, aren’t they? And Ukraine is close to the border with Russia. But it is a comparatively small country – only about the size of Poland and Germany combined.

Platon
Platon
Reply to  Tom Welsh
December 17, 2018

The Glove in Mail of Toronto has no ‘journalists’ – just presstitutes now.

Malecon
Malecon
Reply to  Platon
December 18, 2018

It’s called “The Toronto Gloat and Wail.”

Tom Welsh
Tom Welsh
December 17, 2018

Two weeks ago the UK Express reported that “In the tweets, Mr Poroshenko alleged a substantial buildup of Russian forces in the Crimea and Donbass regions of the country, in southern and eastern Ukraine respectively. “In total he stated there are now around 80,000 Russian troops, 900 tanks and 2,300 armoured vehicles within sovereign Ukrainian territory. “He added these are supported by 1,400 artillery pieces and missile systems, 500 aircraft and 300 helicopters”. I fear Mr Poroshenko has been indulging in pork pies. If the Russian troops are now along the border (presumably inside Russia, or he would have complained… Read more »

Platon
Platon
Reply to  Tom Welsh
December 17, 2018

Poroshanko is the insane satrap of an insane Washington regime. They have each earned several nukes between them. The Real Free World would breathe a sigh of relief.

veth
veth
Reply to  Tom Welsh
December 18, 2018

Russian invaded Ukrainein 2014

Gyre
Gyre
Reply to  veth
December 21, 2018

Got a link to prove your claim? Or are you just another drunk Ukrainian shooting off his mouth?

Platon
Platon
December 17, 2018

It becomes clearer with each new Poroshankian outrage, in the halls of the utterly insane and evil Washington regime, that Russia not only has the right to several preemptive nuclear strikes on belligerent nations like Ukraine, the Five Eyes + Israel and several others, and not only every reason and justification to do so, but that it would be folly not to exercise its right to do so.

Gyre
Gyre
Reply to  Platon
December 21, 2018

Russia hardly needs to waste good uranium on a tin-pot regime like Ukraine. Less than a single week of conventional weapons based invasion would completely end that annoying puppet regime.

Platon
Platon
December 17, 2018

There was a time when one cold rely on the Globe and Mail out of Toronto, Canuckistan, to be conservative, yes, but not Fascist. No longer: “While Mr. Poroshenko’s domestic rivals accuse him of exaggerating the threat in order to boost his own flagging political fortunes — polls suggest Mr. Poroshenko is on track to lose his job in a March election — military experts say there are reasons to take the Ukrainian president’s warning seriously.” The Glove in Mail [sic] would have their benighted Canuckistani readership believe that the USSD/CIA- hatched Kiev Regime has not only a normal ‘domestic… Read more »

TheCelotajs
TheCelotajs
December 18, 2018

That is because Trump does not run the White House Foreign Policy any longer. Trump’s two War Warmongers and Dogs of War National Security Advisor John R. Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo now do and they call all the shots now especially since they both National Security Advisor John R. Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who hates all Russians and Russian People and all Arabs and just loves to see them all dead. President Trump lost control of the White House and anything to do with Foreign Policy last April 2017 when he first bomb the… Read more »

Shaun Ramewe
Shaun Ramewe
December 18, 2018

The only time Russia will invade is if pro-terrorist war-criminal NATerrorO enters lying corrupt murderous Ukraine.

am hants
am hants
December 19, 2018

The reason Ukraine could not join Nato in 1997, was owing to them never ratifying the borders with Russia, in accordance with international law, when the Soviet Union fell in 1991. Nothing has changed, whether Porkie likes it or not.

Ourblue
Ourblue
Reply to  am hants
December 19, 2018

I can not see that not having ratified the Ukraine/Russia boarder will present a barrier to joining. In the same manner the International Money Fraudsters amended the rule book to continue lending to Ukraine in all probability NATO will follow suite. I would suspect that any obligatory referendum will be dismissed due to some pretext or other. Russian aggression/interference perhaps?

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