Putin: the current Ukrainian leadership may not solve the problem of the DNI and LC

MOSCOW, 7 June. /TASS/. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin believes that the current Ukrainian leadership is unable to solve the problem of conflict in the South-East of the country.

He stated this during a “Straight line”, answering the question writer Zakhar Prilepin.

“I sometimes think that Ukraine is entering a new political cycle, including election to the Parliament and for the presidential election, the situation is exacerbated, he added. – The current Ukrainian government, especially in this situation, unable to solve the problem of these territories LNR and DND. Including because they do not need voters from these areas, because it is clear that they are the government will never vote”.

“How can I solve this problem, considering the territory of their own and providing there is a complete blockade? – said Putin. – How can it be considered that its territory and people who live on this territory, their citizens, and constantly exposed to attacks when civilians suffer?”. Speaking about the increase in the number of attacks by the armed forces of Ukraine, Putin referred to the relevant data of the representatives of the OSCE.

The President urged Kiev to follow the Minsk agreements, and not to aggravate the situation before the elections in Ukraine. “Why do [to increase the number of attacks the LC and the DNI], when you can just go towards the implementation of the Minsk agreements? This is ridiculous from the point of view of the realization of the end result – the restoration of the territorial integrity of the country, – said the head of state. – The farther and the longer it takes, the worse for Ukraine.”

“We will do everything possible to make it [the situation in the South-East of Ukraine] had been solved in the framework of the Minsk process and the Minsk agreements”, – said Putin. He reminded that Russia is assisting the DNI and the LC and intends to continue to do so. “What is happening in General around these territories is, of course, sad,” – stated the head of state.

The President also stressed that Ukrainian and Russian – “practically one people”. “I have always treated Ukraine as a brotherly country and I think Ukrainians and Russians are practically one people. We have a common past and I am sure that, despite the tragedy of today, a common future,” he said