KIEV, 5 March – RIA Novosti. The head of the Kiev delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbass, Leonid Kravchuk, threatened Russia with “radical steps” if it does not recognize itself as a party to the conflict in Donbass.
“If Russia continues to stand on the fact that it is not a party to the conflict, but is only an observer, and look for any reasons to block our negotiations, then we can say that the situation is at an impasse and that it can only be pulled out of it. Now we, our delegation, are thinking about what proposals are possible, “he said on the air of the Ukraine 24 TV channel.
According to him, Russia “does not want peace in Donbass, it wants the situation to be as it is today.”
“We will ask to act not on the basis of the agreements that already exist, but to seek other agreements. That is, to take steps. First, we recognize that the situation is at an impasse and that this situation should be changed on the basis of new ones, I emphasize, on the basis of new approaches and documents that we must fix and, relying on them, move forward. This is a very radical step, “- said Kravchuk.
He added that the Ukrainian side will not allow Russia “to act as it wants.” “We will do our best to place Russia within the framework of international law and make it comply with these norms,” added Kravchuk.
Relations between Moscow and Kiev have deteriorated against the background of the situation in Donbass. The Ukrainian authorities have previously repeatedly accused Russia of interfering in the country's internal affairs. In January 2015, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a statement in which the Russian Federation is called an “aggressor country”. Russia denies the accusations of the Ukrainian side and calls them unacceptable. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to the internal Ukrainian conflict and is interested in Kiev overcoming the political and economic crisis.
In April 2014, the Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation against the self-proclaimed LPR and DPR, which declared independence after the coup d'etat in Ukraine in February 2014. According to the latest UN data, about 13 thousand people became victims of the conflict. The issue of resolving the situation in Donbass is being discussed, including during the meetings in Minsk of the contact group, which since September 2014 has already adopted three documents regulating steps to de-escalate the conflict. However, even after the armistice agreements between the parties to the conflict, shootings continue.