Poroshenko accused Russia of instigating a “sharp aggravation” by having Russian military forces take the tactically important southeastern Ukrainian city of Novoazovsk. Military experts, meanwhile, believe the new offensive could be the beginning of an attempt to take over southeastern Ukraine and adjoin it with the Kremlin-occupied Crimean peninsula.
“To be sincere, the situation really is extremely difficult, and nobody is going to simplify it,” Poroshenko said on Aug. 28. “But it is under control, under enough control not to give way to panic, keep a cool head, common sense and a plan of our further actions.”
Oleg Odnorozhenko, deputy head of the Azov Battalion, whose Ukrainian fighters were involved in combat in Novoazovsk on Aug. 27, was more explicit: “This is clear that we have a full-scale Russian invasion.”