Maria Zakharova, the Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson delivered the official position on implementation of martial law in Ukraine during the briefing in Moscow on November 30, which is presented below.
“The Kiev leadership continues ‘playing with fire’. The other day, the Verkhovna Rada approved the imposition of martial law in 10 provinces of Ukraine. This event is part of a carefully planned scheme and its first stage was the Ukrainian Navy staging a provocation off the Russian coast in the vicinity of the Kerch Strait. The Russian leadership has provided all the necessary assessments of this provocation.
“The plot devised by the Kiev regime, its representatives and, of course, President Petr Poroshenko, is quite clear and aimed primarily at using martial law for improving their plummeting electoral ratings in a bid to score points riding the crest of yet another anti-Russia wave. Under the pretext of standing up to a phony ‘Russian aggression’, they have imposed severe restrictions on the main constitutional freedoms of Ukrainian citizens, including a ban on the freedom of speech, the freedom of assembly, and the freedom of movement.
“Now the Kiev authorities, if they so wish, can make the population surrender just about anything, from personal property to documents. The Ukrainian military and law-enforcers are granted exceptional powers, up to using force without trial or investigation, which in itself is a serious threat fraught with the civil conflict spreading to the rest of the country’s territory.
“We also noted that martial law is imposed selectively and applies mainly to the predominantly Russian-populated regions whose inhabitants, if we are to believe sociological polls, mostly disapprove of the actions of the current authorities.
“We regard what is happening in Ukraine as yet another alarming signal indicating that the vector of developments points to an all-out confrontation. We call upon the UN, OSCE, Council of Europe and other international organisations to pay attention to the threat of a power-projected scenario and the dismal human rights situation in Ukraine. We warn the Western sponsors of the Kiev regime about the extreme danger of President Petr Poroshenko’s artifice. In a desperate attempt to retain power, he is dragging his country into yet another gamble fraught with disastrous consequences for Ukraine itself and European security as a whole.
“Take the so-called ‘murder’ of journalist Arkady Babchenko, a story that shook the entire world community but proved a plan hatched and carried out by the Ukrainian secret services. Nevertheless, this fake reached the UN Security Council, where it died after the world saw the safe and sound journalist.
“I think, the naval provocation in question was planned by the same people using identical methods. Being provocative is the main characteristic feature of the current Kiev regime. They have no other opportunities to influence the situation. There is no positive dynamics in the economy, no positive shift in civil society integration, no opportunity to implement at least something from the Minsk Agreements. In general, they have no achievements to show to their voters in the upcoming elections. After all, it is clear that you must report to the public on how you delivered on the promises you gave before your first term rather than promise again in an attempt to be reelected for a second presidential term. There is nothing to report. It is for this reason they had to stage a naval operation, a provocation with long-playing consequences.”
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