Donbass Update

We are closely following the situation in Donbass. Regretfully, the situation there remains complicated and is prone to escalation.

The reason for this is Kiev’s belligerent attitude, which is still based on the illusion that there can be a military solution to the conflict in the country’s southeast. Troops and military equipment are being deployed there. Reservist mobilisation plans are being updated. Ukrainian media are fanning hysteria about a mythical Russian threat and Moscow’s plans to attack Ukraine very soon. All this is happening at the prompting of Kiev’s Western sponsors, with overt public support.

We have also paid attention to the statement by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, who visited Donbass yesterday, that the country’s admission to NATO would allegedly put an end to the conflict in the region. The hypothetical membership in the alliance would, contrary to Kiev’s expectations, not bring peace to Ukraine but would result in a large-scale escalation in its southeast and may lead to irreversible consequences for Ukrainian statehood.

We are calling on the Kiev authorities yet again to act responsibly and start implementing their obligations under the Minsk Package of Measures. This package is the programme approved by the international community which should bring peace to Ukraine as a whole and to its Donbass region. No illusions, fantasies or provocations are needed. If Kiev declares its wish and desire to establish peaceful life, this should be done. The plan is on the table, and it has been there for a long time now. Instead of running around this table and making statements leading to nothing but provocations, and engaging in them, they just have to fulfil the Minsk Package of Measures.

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