The aggravation of the situation in the southeast of Ukraine on the eve of the start of the World Cup in Russia is nothing more than preparation for a major military provocation by the Ukrainian authorities. An unsuccessful offensive operation conducted by the Kiev regime on May 21-24 in Gorlovka, with the aim of creating a springboard for a larger offensive in the direction of the settlement Gorlovka-Yenakiyevo clearly demonstrated the unwillingness of the Ukrainian authorities to end the civil war in the Donbas. Moreover, the intensification of hostilities on the part of Kiev against the backdrop of preparations for major NATO exercises in the Baltic republics speaks of a possibly major military provocation in the territory of the Donbass in order to discredit the World Cup, which will be held in Russia in June and July. The emerging military and political situation in the east of Ukraine in part resembles the situation with Georgia’s aggression against South Ossetia in August 2008, when during the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili launched a military operation to restore centralized power and subordination of South Ossetia and Abkhazia to the government in Tbilisi. During the five-day war, Georgian troops suffered a crushing defeat, and its results were deplorable for the Georgian leadership. In particular, Russia officially recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, as a result of which Georgia almost encountered insurmountable obstacles to fulfill the conditions for joining NATO. Supported in the information space by Western countries and practical military assistance by foreign military instructors and weapons, the Kiev regime is deliberately going to exacerbate the situation in the south-east of the country. The upcoming presidential election race in Ukraine makes the incumbent President Petro Poroshenko and possible candidates for the presidency make various public statements and practical actions regarding the resolution of the issue of restoring peace and the integrity of the country. This explains in part the statement of Petro Poroshenko made on May 25 at a meeting of the National Investment Council. On it, he reported about the plan developed for the next five years, according to which he could “expel the Russian aggressor from the east of the country.” In fact, this can be considered an unspoken start to the election campaign in Ukraine. A statement by Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov can also speak about the forthcoming military provocation of Kiev. The politician almost with absolute probability names the exact date of the beginning of Russian aggression. In his opinion, this will be July 15, after the end of the World Cup in Russia.