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Ukrainian President: Martial law may be imposed, mobilization ordered in Ukraine if conflict in Donbas, Crimea escalates

If the situation in eastern Ukraine and in Crimea deteriorates, martial law may be imposed and mobilization will be announced in Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko has said.
Ukrainian President: Martial law may be imposed, mobilization ordered in Ukraine if conflict in Donbas, Crimea escalates

“In the event of the exacerbation of the situation in the east and in Crimea […] we will have to impose martial law and order mobilization,” Poroshenko said in western Ukraine Lviv region on Thursday, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
President Poroshenko emphasized that, if earlier attacks were mounted with the use of small arms and mortars and they focused along the contact line, now the enemy uses heavy artillery systems and targets depots and command posts, which are located 8-12 km from the contact line.

“Now the enemy is focusing heavy artillery fire on command posts, depots, which are located eight, 12 and sometimes 22 km from the contact line,” he said.

“The enemy tries to use the acts of provocation to justify own steps to derail the Minsk process,” President Poroshenko added.

It should be recalled that during the past 24 hours, the Russian occupation forces opened fire 96 times on positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.