Friday, August 19, 2016

Ukrainian President Poroshenko Hints At Martial law

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko. (Vincent Kessler/Reuters)

DW: Poroshenko hints at martial law as fighting spikes in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Poroshenko said Kyiv might order a new wave of military mobilization and institute martial law in response to more violence in the east. Both sides report heavy shelling, despite the shaky truce.

At least three Ukrainian soldiers were killed and six more wounded in the last 24 hours, military spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyanyk said on Thursday, marking the deadliest clashes with pro-Russian rebels in recent months.

"The rebels launched more than 500 mortar and over 300 artillery shells at our positions," Motuzyanyk told reporters in Kyiv.

"The last time we witnessed a similar intensity of fire using heavy armaments was a year ago," he added.

According to Motuzyanyk, the soldiers were killed across the 30-kilometer (19-mile) buffer zone separating the two sides' forces.

Donetsk-based rebels also reported their positions were shelled on Wednesday night.

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Update: Ukraine Leader Hardens Rhetoric Amid Crimea Spat With Russia (Bloomberg)

WNU Editor: Because of the war much of eastern Ukraine is already under police/intelligence/military lock-down and scrutiny .... calling it martial law would only make it official. Will it happen .... no. The Europeans would start to get squeamish .... along with the IMF and other financial institutions who are propping up the Ukraine government's books.


fazman said...

So 800 confirmed incomming rounds and only a handful of casualties .
Either this is a massive beatup or the rebels are deliberately missing.
Eitherway no big deal.

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RRH said...

I wish the mfer would "hint" at setting himself on fire.

Jay Farquharson said...

WNU Editor:

>>Weapon makers have told investors that they are relying on tensions with Russia to fuel new business in the wake of Russian’s annexation of Crimea and modest increases in its military budget.

In particular, the arms industry — both directly and through its arsenal of hired-gun, think-tank experts and lobbyists – is actively pressuring NATO member nations to hike defense spending in line with the NATO goal for member states to spend at least 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense.<<