There is a risk that an escalation of the conflict in the Donbass and the possibility of a full-scale invasion of the Russian military, said the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in Lviv region, “Interfax-Ukraine”.
“The probability of escalation remains significant. Full-scale Russian invasion in all directions, we absolutely do not exclude. We are ready, our Armed forces, to repulse the enemy — and in the East, and along the administrative border with the Crimea”, — he said.
Poroshenko also said that he had received assurances from the US administration and the European Union in supporting Ukraine in the fight for the territorial integrity and sovereignty. “Intensive consultations that were conducted by me, with the leadership of the United States and the European Union, Germany, France — I have received the certain assurance of the support of Ukraine in its liberation struggle for their own independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said.
In the event of a serious escalation in the war zone can be declared martial law and the next wave of mobilization, he said.
According to the President, from the beginning to contract service in the army joined 45 thousand. This allowed not to declare a new mobilization. “Many of us talked about contract army — nothing has been done. To date, these contractors have allowed me as the Supreme commander to refrain from declaring a new queue of mobilization”, — he said (quoted by “Ukrainian truth”).
Poroshenko added that the principled position of Ukraine in coordination with international partners is the intention “to bring the aggressor to the negotiating table, to get to perform its obligations in the Minsk process and return the Normandy format”.
In addition, the Ukrainian President called irresponsible statements about the release of “Norman format”. “Don’t stop now the enemy is trying to disrupt Minsk process, making absolutely irresponsible statements about withdrawal from the negotiations “Norman format”. Now dramatically increased the intensity of the shelling positions of our troops in the East of Ukraine”, — said P. Poroshenko during the commemoration of the dead pilots in the ATO zone on Thursday in the town of Brody, Lviv region.