Supporters of the Ukrainian nationalist party National Corps held a protest in Kiev on Saturday, decrying government corruption and calling for the removal of the country’s president Petro Poroshenko. “Poroshenko has come to create an absolutely unique system – every third hryvnia [national currency of Ukraine] that was given for the Ukrainian defence remains in the pocket of corrupt officials,” said National Corps leader Andriy Biletsky, while addressing the crowd in Kiev’s Independence Square.
The National Corps Party and the National Brigades held a rally in Kiev on Friday, demanding a block on Russian business operating in Ukraine and an end to diplomatic ties with Moscow in the wake of the Kerch Strait incident.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko confirmed the dispatch of units from the Airborne Assault Forces of Ukraine to regions bordering Russia on his trip to the Zhytomyr Region on Thursday – “From this military airfield, the elite of our troops – the units of the Airborne Assault Forces will be transported to important defensive regions and districts in accordance with the approved plans,” he said. The Ukrainian president, referring to the “Russian aggression”, was confident troops would be “ready to respond adequately, quickly and effectively to any challenge, to take away any threat.”
The Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) is to vote in Kiev on Monday, November 26, on a proposal made by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to impose martial law following the Kerch Strait incident.