At a press conference at the end of the G20 summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that “the war [would] continue” as long as the current Ukrainian authorities “[would] remain in power”, regarding the renewed tension between Russia and Ukraine.
“The current Ukrainian authorities have no interest in settling the conflict, especially through peaceful means. As long as they stay in power, the war will continue. It is always easier to justify economic failures by war, “said the Russian president.
Tensions with Moscow have been high in Ukraine since the Russian coastguards arrested three Ukrainian military boats on 25 November off the coast of Crimea, after which Petro Poroshenko warned of “the threat of total war “with Russia.
On 28 November, martial law was introduced for 30 days in ten border regions of the country and the Black Sea and Azov coastal regions. This naval incident is the first open military confrontation between the two countries since the Crimean peninsula chose to be reunited with Russia in 2014 and the beginning of the same year, an armed conflict in the east of the country. Ukraine between government forces and pro-Russian separatists that has made more than 10,000 dead.