The Representative of Legal Groundwork of the General Staff of Armed Forces of Ukraine Yuri Bobrov declared readiness to conduct a so-called “Joint Forces Operation” in Donbass, stressing that the corresponding decree of the head of the Ukrainian state can be signed in the near future. Thus, Kiev irrevocably renounces the peaceful settlement of the conflict and a dialogue with the Republics.
However, “more powers” for the AFU do not guarantee their victory on a battlefield. If Kiev chooses a scenario of escalation of the conflict, it will not face the militia in Donbass, as it was in 2014, but a professional, fully equipped and capable army of People’s Republics.
Unfortunately, we see that Ukrainian enforcers are not fulfilling the clause of the Minsk agreements on the withdrawal of heavy weapons. In addition, they periodically carry out provocations and shelling of the DPR and LPR’s populated areas in order to force our armed forces to respond with counter-artillery fire and to blame us for the unleashing of a new phase of war.
However, to be led by Kiev means to put our citizens at even greater risk, so the only reasonable way out of the situation is a peaceful dialogue, negotiations and readiness of the parties to stop the war.
Donbass has already shown such readiness and it is now up to Ukraine
Sergey Zavdoveyev, the DPR People’s Council deputy