Ukrainian soldiers in the town. 9 Feb 2017
Photo: Oleksandr Klymenko / Reuters
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Kiev trying to disrupt Minsk agreements, relying on a military solution to the conflict in the Donbass, said Vladimir Putin. The President also referred to the “subversive-terrorist operation” of Kiev, including in Russia
Goal attempts of “serious worsening” of the situation in the South-East of Ukraine is the failure of the Minsk agreements, said the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, reports “Interfax”.
According to him, Kiev does “betting on a military solution to the conflict.” The President stressed that the Ukrainian authorities are “manifestly not ready for a peaceful solution.” “Moreover, [the Kiev authorities] openly talking about the organization of subversive and terrorist, subversive work, including in Russia”, — said Putin. He added that the Russian side “this can not bother.”
The situation in the Donbass escalated on January 29, when the fire began under the Avdeevka. In the escalation of the conflict sides — the Ukrainian army and militias self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s Republic accuse each other. On the eve of the parties to the conflict in the Donbass agreed to the withdrawal until February 20 weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements.
Fighting in Avdeevka
In the area of Avdeevka near Donetsk three days continued intense shelling. Kiev said that over the 29th and 30th numbers in the area of the ATO killed eight and got…
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On the eve of February 15, foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov said that “the responsibility for a new round of escalation of the situation are precisely the radical and nationalist forces in Kiev.” According to the Minister, it is documented by the reports of the special monitoring mission of the OSCE.
Ukrainian authorities to “confirm unwillingness” to make a choice in favor of a peaceful solution to the problems, stressed Lavrov. Kiev stubbornly “tries to achieve a military solution to the conflict”, noted the Minister.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin had earlier allowed the introduction of martial law in the country. He noted that “Russian aggression is being waged not by military means alone” and “hybrid”.
Deputy Special monitoring mission of OSCE in Ukraine Alexander hug called finding heavy weapons on both sides of the contact line one of the reasons for the escalation of the conflict under the city Avdeevka. The second reason is the close location of the opposing sides to each other, said the OSCE.