Viktor Poroshenko, the State Department installed president of Ukraine, is stepping up tension in Donbass and Crimea.
Доручив привести в посилену бойову готовність всі підрозділи в районах адмінкордону з АРК та по всій лінії зіткнення на Донбасі— Петро Порошенко (@poroshenko) August 11, 2016
Divisions and units of the Ukrainian armed forces which are stationed in the vicinity of the administrative border with Crimea are on high alert. A build-up of corresponding groups has been carried out.
Ukraine puts Crimea troops on high alert after warning that Russia is trying to escalate the conflict https://t.co/pAULQ1Y7UU
— Bloomberg (@business) August 11, 2016
“The aim of the sabotage and terrorist attacks was to destabilise the social and political situation.” https://t.co/C1AMrqgCdA— Al Jazeera News (@AJENews) August 11, 2016
Biden has been particularly critical of Russia. His son, Hunter Biden, is a board member of Burisma, Ukraine’s largest gas company. Chris Heinz, the step son of Secretary of State John Kerry, is also involved in Ukrainian business deals.
The Federal Security Service, the FSB, said that teams of commandos from Ukraine’s defense forces made two attempts to enter the Black Sea peninsula, with the intention of sabotaging vital infrastructure. The FSB said Ukrainian forces attempted to cover the infiltration by directing heavy fire at the Russian side, killing two Russian servicemen.The provocation derailed planned talks about eastern Ukraine scheduled for the sidelines of a G20 summit in China next month. Putin said talking to Ukraine would now be “pointless.”
Reuters accused Putin of saber-rattling:
Using some of his most aggressive rhetoric against Kiev since the height of the war two years ago, Putin has pledged to take counter-measures against Ukraine, which he accused of sending saboteurs into Crimea to carry out terrorist acts.
In response to the troop buildup on the Crimea border, Russia announced war games in the Black Sea.
Poroshenko has conducted military campaigns in and around the separatist-held cities of Donetsk and Gorlovka in eastern Ukraine.
“The ICRC says that over a thousand people are still missing as a result of the conflict in the Donbass, and disease, fostered by a breakdown in infrastructure and thousands of casualties caused by the fighting, is spreading rapidly,” The Daily Beast reported in February.
Fears Of Full-Scale War Return As Casualties Mount In Ukraine https://t.co/wc4BTFpFIn
— Voice of Europe (@V_of_Europe) August 11, 2016