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Ukraine WILL defend against Russian aggression warns Klimkin
Petro Poroshenko has shown Sky News images of what are apparently tanks gathering along the border, close to where Russia keeps its ammunition. He told the broadcaster: “This is the tank base just 18km (11 miles) from our border, this was happening in September, October, and now. This is 18km from my border, this is the same warehouse where they have their ammunition, the same where they have multi-rocket launch system, we should be prepared to protect my country.
If the whole world has no reason to trust Putin, Ukraine definitely doesn’t have a reason to go with him
“If the whole world has no reason to trust Putin, Ukraine definitely doesn’t have a reason to go with him.”
The Ukrainian President also appealed for help from Western leaders as tensions between the two countries threaten to boil over.
Mr Poroshenko said: “There is no red line for Vladimir Putin and this is the very strong reason why we should be together, the whole civilised world.
“Not only the leaders, with whom a very reliable partnership, but the people of UK, of Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, the whole civilised world would be together and this is very important for global security.”
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Ukraine’s president says that Russia has tanks on the border
This is the latest worrying developent in rising tensions between the two Soviet neighbours.
Last weekend, Russia seized three Ukrainian navy ships and their crew in the Kerch Strait, accusing them of moving into their territory.
Russia has been blocking access to the strait and has so far not released the Ukrainian sailors.
Ukraine has rejected accusations of tresspassing in the Russian waters.
Ukraine’s President says Russian tanks are massing on Ukraine’s border
It added two of its ports are effectively under blockade by their Soviet neighbour in the Azov Sea, something that Moscow has denied.
Mr Poroshenko also accused Russia of “strangling” Ukraine with continuous restrictions.
He said: “They want to hit Ukraine because through Azov Sea, and our sea ports, we export about 40% of our industrial production.
“This is another step for a Russian organised embargo, only buying Ukrainian goods, switching off the natural gas, this is part of the hybrid war that Russia want to attack us.”
Ukrainian soldiers stationed in Mariupol
Yesterday, Ukrainian troops started digging trenches after martial law was declared in the country for 30 days.
One Ukrainian soldier, Timokha, explained that due to the declaration of martial law, they were seeing a significant increase in military operations.
He said: “Under martial law, we’re watching the enemy more closely, we’ve put up more observation posts.”
The soldier explained that they were packing emergency rations and ammunition into the trenches “so if something comes up, we can counter an attack by the enemy and move in various directions, not be tied to one place”.
Ukrainian soldiers dig trenches
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Another soldier, Trotsky, added the soldiers were feeling more threatened from the Sea of Azov following the seizure of the three Ukrainian vessels.
He said: “It’s like we’re boxed in, like we’re surrounded.”
According to Sergiy, a Ukrainian soldier stationed at Mariupol’s port, little has changed for the troops in the area because they have been ready for conflict since Crimea was annexed by Russia.
Sergiy said: “Nothing has changed for us with the introduction of martial law. We’re already into our fifth year of war.”
Additional reporting by Paul Withers.