The incident with the terrorist attacks ripped off in the Crimea, in the preparation of which Moscow has accused Kiev, may lead to an aggravation of Ukrainian conflict, said CNN correspondent Matthew Chance. In his view, this development is contrary to the economic interests of the Kremlin: Moscow does not intend to capture new territory, but merely seeks removal of international sanctions.
Ukraine lead their troops stationed in the east of the country, the highest combat readiness. The order for this was given amid growing tensions between Ukraine and Russia. On Wednesday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko dismissed the Russian statements about the alleged secret conspiracy in the Crimea, calling them folly. More details about this will tell Matthew Chance, who is with us on the direct link from London *. Matthew, why now? Why tension increases at the moment? MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN senior international correspondent: It's a good question, and no one really knows the answer. No one knows what the Kremlin's intentions when it comes to his reaction. Most alarming is the fact that today, Vladimir Putin called the Security Council. And on the basis of [the meeting], he actually said that new steps will be taken, he described them as additional measures to ensure that safety in the Crimea - the region of Ukraine, which was annexed a few years ago - will be strengthened. It all began at the weekend, when the Russians announced two cases of sudden penetration, allegedly Ukrainian troops in Crimea. [These attempts] were repulsed by the Russians. Also followed by arrests. Russian television showed pictures of backpacks stuffed with explosives. It is said that Ukrainian investigators were going to use it on the territory of Crimea. As you mentioned, Ukrainian President Poroshenko considers the allegations and called them crazy fantasy. But it is obvious that something is going on. Undoubtedly, the voltage on the Crimean peninsula is increasing, as it borders on the mainland Ukraine. Therefore, there are serious concerns that in the future we may see a new phase of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Matthew obviously the current situation once again demonstrates that although Russia is still under sanctions, it seems, has no effect on its policy. MATTHEW CHANCE: Yes, of course, the situation can be interpreted in this way. But here there is a view that if the whole episode was not fabricated by the Kremlin, then, at least, they used to put pressure on the international community to achieve a reasonable agreement on the Crimea. Obviously, Ukrainians say that nothing has happened. The Russians claim that it was a large-scale attack. The truth is probably somewhere in between. However, it is not necessary that Russia really wants to invade the east of Ukraine and to seize more territory. In fact, they want to sanctions imposed by the international community, the Europeans and Americans, have been removed, allowing their economies to come back into a groove.