The statement of the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk national Republic Alexander Zakharchenko about what the DNR is ready to vacate the Kiev-controlled areas of Donbass by military means, contradict the Minsk agreements, said the press-Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov. “Of course, such statements are not in line with the Minsk agreements”, — he said (quoted by “Interfax”).
However, Peskov noted that, “unfortunately, the emotional background that accompanies tension on the line of separation” in the Donbass, which arose “after the provocative and aggressive actions of the Ukrainian armed forces and separate units”. Hard to say, said the representative of the Kremlin, the extent to which volunteer battalions controlled by the Ukrainian armed forces.
According to Peskov, Zakharchenko’s statement was made due to “ongoing attacks from the Ukrainian side of peaceful settlements of Donbass”. Russia, concluded the press Secretary to the President, “as the country-guarantor of the Minsk agreements, did, does and will continue to do all it can to de-escalate the conflict and to output it into peaceful political-diplomatic track.”
Earlier on Friday, February 17, Zakharchenko said that the liberation of the “occupied” territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions is “a collective task” and that the DNR has always claimed that “it is desirable to do it through political means”. “If they [Kiev] do not understand, then let me remind you that we can do it and the military”, — said the head of the unrecognized Republic.
The authorities of the breakaway republics had the right to “do it yourself” with the blockades, conducting the Kiev authorities, said the head of DND. In addition, according to Zakharchenko, the leaders of the unrecognized republics is not a mere first declared their rights to the territory of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, but also “a matter confirmed that this is not forgotten”.
“I think the leaders of the world, and especially Europe, will think about this thing, and I think in the next few hours there will be heavy mental work, which will allow four days later something to solve,” — said the leader of the DNI.