Ukrainian president Poroshenko orders highest combat readiness near Crimea, in Donbass

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko ordered Thursday to put all military units near the border with Crimea and in Donbass on high combat readiness, reports Sputnik International.

"Held a meeting with the leadership of defense agencies and the foreign ministry…ordered to put all units near the administrative border with Crimea and along the entire line of contact in Donbass on high readiness," Poroshenko said on Twitter.

The move comes a day after the Russian Federal Security Service said it had foiled terrorist attacks in Crimea organized by the Ukrainian main intelligence directorate, and stamped out a spy ring detaining both Russian and Ukrainian nationals involved in the plot. Two Russian officers were killed.

Kiev has been conducting a military operation against Donbass independence supporters since spring 2014, when they refused to recognize the new coup-imposed Ukrainian government and declared sovereignty.

The Minsk deal on Ukraine's reconciliation was struck in February 2015 by Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France and later signed by Kiev and the Donbass self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Both warring parties have repeatedly accused each other of violating the truce despite agreeing to the ceasefire deal.

Russia's historical southern region of Crimea became part of the country after a 2014 referendum on the issue was carried by over 96 percent in a regional vote.

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