Military operation in Ukraine is going ‘as planned’ and no such measures are needed, Putin’s spokesman says
Moscow is not considering imposing martial law in the country amid the ongoing conflict with Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday, dismissing claims by a top US spy.
“No, there are no such plans”, Peskov told reporters when asked to comment on a new statement from US National Intelligence Director Avril Haines. The official also urged journalists and the public to listen to Russian President Vladimir Putin who “reiterated and more recently confirmed that the special military operation is proceeding as planned.”
Top US spy Haines has alleged that Moscow may impose martial law in the country to step up its efforts in Ukraine. Haines also claimed that President Vladimir Putin’s “goals are bigger than Russia is capable of militarily” and that the situation is likely to be “more unpredictable and potentially escalating in the coming months.”
“The current trend indicates the likelihood that President Putin will turn to more drastic measures, including the imposition of martial law,” Haines claimed on Tuesday.
Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the republics from the Donbass of Donetsk and Lugansk. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to give breakaway regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.
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