KIEV: Ukrainian government is reportedly preparing to carry out a military offensive in the east, which will trigger a large-scale military offensive against rebel forces.
The Russian government says this attack will occur in recent days and aims to influence the polls in the presidential election of Ukraine, which will be held in February 2019.
“There are reports that Kiev will hold a provocation on the contact line,” Maria Zakharova, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said on Thursday, December 13, 2018.
The Ukrainian military is said to have gathered large numbers of troops in the eastern part of the country based on reports from a number of international monitor agencies.
Moscow believes this is a sign of a major conflict between the Ukrainian government forces and the rebels.
Zakharova said martial law, which was implemented by Ukraine in the eastern region since November 2018, would help troops carry out a raid on the Mariupol area. It aims to control the area bordering the Azov Sea to the Russian border.
Zakharova accused the application of the martial law to aim for the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, to continue in power. Poroshenko’s electability, which is considered anti-Russian, is considered small in order to be elected again.
However, this heated conflict boosted its popularity.