Ukraine is ready for full-scale hostilities in Donbas, the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Pushilin is sure.
On the air of the RBC channel, the politician noted that now the most acute period has come on the contact line in Donbas in recent years.
“Right now, such a quantity of equipment has been pulled to the line of contact from the Ukrainian side – and this is not only our data but the OSCE reports about this. Also, a fairly large number of personnel have been pulled together. This has not happened for a very, very long time,” he explained.
Pushilin added that even if the Kyiv authorities “rattle their weapons” before the negotiations, such behavior will cost them dearly.
“In the current situation, when Ukraine is practically poor, it would be super stupid to spend so many resources to earn some points in the negotiation process,” he said.
The head of the republic also drew attention to the position of France and Germany as the countries-guarantors of the Minsk agreements. According to him, they do not use their resources to get Ukraine to reduce tension in the region. At the same time, representatives of NATO and the United States constantly support Kyiv, said Pushilin.
The armed conflict in Donbas has been going on for seven years, 13 thousand people have become its victims. The settlement of the confrontation is being discussed at the meetings of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk, the participants of which adopted a number of documents aimed at achieving peace, but the shootings are still going on.
A comprehensive ceasefire regime entered into force in July last year. However, since February, the situation in Donbas began to deteriorate again: there was an attempt on the life of the battalion commander of the People’s Militia of the DPR, shelling became more frequent and fighting intensified. In April, the DPR reported the death of a child after being hit by a Ukrainian drone. In addition, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are shelling the republics from weapons prohibited by Minsk-2.
Recently, US President Joe Biden assured his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky that the United States will continue to support Ukraine “in the face of Russian aggression in Donbas and Crimea.” The Russian Foreign Ministry called talks about a potential conflict between Russia and Ukraine as another fiction of Kyiv.