Denis Pushilin: Pyotr Poroshenko’s statement on another truce has nothing to do with reality

Talking about the UN contingent in Donbass, Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko is trying to attract additional attention. The Chairman of the DPR People’s Council, the Permanent Representative of the DPR to the talks of the Contact Group in Minsk, Denis Pushilin, stated this in the program “Time will show” on the Russian First Channel.

The DPR envoy commented on Poroshenko’s words that he had allegedly managed to agree on the introduction of a contingent of the UN, provided that the ceasefire was started.

“Firstly, the Easter truce and any other types of truces must, first of all, be regarded as a mechanism to reduce the aggravation. When the situation is escalated, then some agreements follow – and there’s less shelling than before.

Secondly, Pyotr Poroshenko’s statement has nothing to do with reality. We agreed on an armistice in Minsk, and there is a written confirmation for it. Special Representative of the OSCE Martin Sajdik addressed the participants of the Normandy format, Denis Pushilin said.

He also added that the Ukrainian authorities in fact would not be able to implement the statements concerning the introduction of the UN military mission to the Donbass.

“Statements by Ukrainian officials that it is good to add the National Guard of Ukraine and the police to the armed contingent of the United Nations are their fantasies. For our part, we have no illusions about this, but there are certain facets that Poroshenko will not be able to pass with all his will, since, in fact, this will be a declaration of a great war,” Denis Pushilin said.

According to him, at the moment conditions for the introduction of UN contingent have not developed.

“I believe that for the time being everything will remain approximately the same: regular stages of the ceasefire will be announced from time to time. Regarding the introduction of the UN contingent, so far from Ukraine there is no political will and the desire to make any compromises. It is also necessary to take into account the technical side of this issue. This is an extremely long process,” the plenipotentiary representative concluded.

We recall, earlier today Denis Pushilin has said that without the consent of residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, the UN contingent cannot be introduced to the Donbass.

Notably, the Easter truce came into force from 00:01 (Moscow time) on March 30, 2018. Its introduction was initiated by the Head of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko and supported by all participants of the Minsk process. But on the first day of the armistice, the Ukrainian party unilaterally violated the agreement by opening fire at the village of Kominternovo in the south of the Republic at 09:35. Only over the last day, according to the Representation of the Donetsk People’s Republic in the JCCC, the total number of violations by the AFU was 16 times. The shelling of settlements in the territory of the DPR does not stop for a day.

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