Ukraine's lack of preparedness to oppose Russia's “hybrid aggression” as well as Russia's official denial of its military participation in the conflict allowed the Kremlin to control the initiative up to a particular point. Therefore, the Ukrainian Parliament's decision to launch a counter terrorist operation on the territories, taken under control by the separatists, was a logical step. At the same time, despite the fact that the warfare acquired the character of a local armed conflict and direct military interference on the part of Russia became obvious (use of heavy artillery from the Russian territory, border crossings by the units of the Armed Forces of RF, etc.),the Ukrainian government did not declare martial law.
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