Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that he will propose declaring martial law in the wake of an altercation in the Black Sea that saw Russian military seize Ukrainian vessels for breaching Russian territorial waters.
Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov said he would not allow a repetition of what happened in Crimea which was annexed by Russia last month.
His live televised address from parliament came after pro-Russian forces targeted half a dozen cities.
Saying Russian troops were within a 30 km (19 mile) zone from the Ukrainian border, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told a government meeting: “An anti-Ukrainian plan is being put into operation . . . under which foreign troops will cross the border and seize the territory of the country.
Pro-Russian separatists who seized a provincial administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk proclaimed the region independent Monday — an echo of events prior to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Ukrainian authorities called the move an attempt by Russia to sow unrest.
The farmers in the 25 original EU countries are not happy with this decision, because, once again, they will be confronted with price dumping. And consumers will not be happy either because of health risks from uncontrolled agricultural goods from Chernobyl
The East-West split reopened by the crisis in Ukraine hardened Wednesday when President Barack Obama threw Washington’s weight firmly behind Kiev in its stand-off with Moscow.
Western criticisms of Russia’s move into Ukraine’s Crimea region reek of double standards. In the first place, Moscow was simply moving to regain control of a pro-Russian territory it had rather generously handed over to Ukraine back in 1954 when conditions were very different.