Ukraine Leader Hardens Rhetoric Amid Crimea Spat With Russia

Ukraine Leader Hardens Rhetoric Amid Crimea Spat With Russia
President Poroshenko warns of possible Russian invasion


The situation in eastern Ukraine is deteriorating and the military may consider imposing a draft if hostilities worsen, President Petro Poroshenko said Thursday. Three soldiers were killed overnight in the worst spate of shelling in a year by Russian-backed separatists in the nation’s easternmost regions, according to the Ukrainian armed forces.

“The probability of escalation of the conflict remains very significant,” Poroshenko said in a televised speech. “We don’t rule out a full-scale Russian invasion.”

Rising tensions in Ukraine are heightening concern that the nation’s two-year-old conflict, which has killed almost 10,000 people, is in danger of boiling over. Ukraine has rejected the Russian president’s allegations that it sent saboteurs to Crimea who killed two Russian servicemen, while Putin has vowed to respond with “very serious” measures. Efforts to bring peace to eastern Ukraine have stalled, with the Russian leader saying planned talks at next month’s Group of 20 summit in China would be pointless.

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Dr Nicholas P George

Dr George is a 40 yr time served Conservative, working under Margaret Thatcher for 10 years with the MoD and during the Falkland War. He is a National and Local member and Patron of the Conservative Party as well as a Party Donor through his Companies. He is also a member of the Conservative Group for Europe, The Tory Reform Group, National Member of the European Movement and the European Movements Founding Campaign Manager for Lincolnshire. All views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Conservative Group for Europe or the European Movement.

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