Policy of Kiev, which continues to strengthen the blockade of the South-East of Ukraine, contributes to the fact that the threat of turning Donbas into a frozen conflict persists, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.
MOSCOW, 13 Nov. The threat of turning Donbas into a frozen conflict persists, including the blockade of the South-East of Kiev, although there is some progress, said Friday the Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“However, there remains the risk of turning the Donbas into a frozen conflict. It is the policy of Kiev, which continues to strengthen the blockade of the South-East, not let me there with no food, no money, dismantled the banking system, blocked the export”, — Putin said in an interview to mass media of the Russian Federation and Turkey.
He recalled that during the 2014 negotiations the parties to the conflict have agreed not only on ceasefire, but also about the steps to restore the life of the region, including was recorded the need to adopt a program of economic revival of Donbass. This same issue was discussed at subsequent meetings, he added.
“It is fair to say that some progress is still there: the parties restored rail service that can deliver the Donbass coal in other regions of Ukraine, work is underway to establish a supply. Issues associated with the restoration of the water supply system. Russia for its part continues to support the Donbass, which was in a difficult humanitarian situation,” Putin said.
The President added that since last August there was over 50 thousand tons of humanitarian cargo.
“We think first of all about the people the Kiev authorities abandoned to their fate, forced to the brink of survival. It is our duty to render them all necessary assistance”, — said Putin.