Ukraine Under Attack: Ukraine President warns of conflict escalation, possible 'martial law' - RFE/RL

16:19 Aug. 18, 2016

Ukraine President warns of conflict escalation, possible 'martial law' - RFE/RL

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko speaks at the event dedicated to the Day of Ukraine's Airborne Forces (UNIAN photo)

Poroshenko does not rule out a "full-scale Russian invasion"

Ukraine's president has said the likelihood of an escalation of the conflict with Russia and Russia-back separatists in eastern Ukraine "remains significant" and said he cannot rule out "a full-scale Russian invasion."

Speaking in the Lviv region on August 18, Poroshenko said that if the situation in eastern Ukraine and the region of Crimea, which Russia forcibly annexed from Ukraine in 2014, continues to deteriorate, "we will have to impose martial law and order mobilization."

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Poroshenko accused "the enemy" of trying to undermine the Minsk peace process aimed at settling the conflict and of making "absolutely irresponsible statements" about possibly withdrawing from the so-called Normandy format of talks.

Earlier, the military said three Ukrainian soldiers were killed in fighting against the Russia-backed separatists

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