Ukrainian Military Expert Oleg Zhdanov: Poroshenko Uses the Azov Sea For Political PR Purposes

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard



Poroshenko announced a “brilliant military operation” with the passage of the Ukrainian “Donbass” and “Korets” ships through the Kerch Strait to the Sea of Azov.

This was stated on the blog of the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada from the “Bloc of Petro Poroshenko” Vadim Denisenko.

According to the politician, Russia won’t now opt for a direct clash with Ukraine, and this should be used to strengthen military grouping in the Sea of Azov.

“The operation on sending our ships to the Azov Sea was brilliant both from a military and political point of view … Russians, despite certain provocations, are afraid to enter into a direct clash. Why? There are two points that one should immediately take note of. First of all, an open conflict, especially in the run-up to the meeting of the UN General Assembly, is an absolute guarantee of toughening the sanctions. And now the Russian Federation can’t afford this. The second point lies in the pre-election plane. The fact is that the Russians place a stake on so-called parties of peace, and in this context any serious aggravation at the frontline isn’t favorable to them yet,” said the deputy.

“And this should be used in order to behave in a more relaxed way, including in the Sea of Azov. Of course, a lot of ‘experts’ will now start to say that Russians continue to detain our ships, and that we have achieved nothing. But they are simply idiots,” said Denisenko.

At the same time, the military expert Oleg Zhdanov on the air of the “112” TV channel stressed that the passage of Ukrainian ships is only a facade for PR in favour of the authorities.

“I wouldn’t say that they will strengthen something there. These are not ships, they are vessels because ‘Donbass’ is in general a repair float, and the other vessel is a tow. It is more similar to a political PR event. Everyone uses this passage for their own political dividends. In Ukraine we will be told that we have punched through the blockade and our vessels, including from the structure of the Naval Forces, freely move across the Kerch Strait, but the Russian Federation will say that it observes the treaty on sharing the Sea of Azov in full,” said Zhdanov.

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