Vladislav Berdichevsky: Ukraine’s actions look like unabashed cynicism and outright mockery amid calls for peace during pandemic

Deputy of the DPR’s People’s Council Vladislav Berdichevsky commented on calls by Federal Foreign Offices of Germany and France for a ceasefire regime in Donbass against the background of a pandemic in an interview to RIA Novosti.

ʺThis is certainly a good call. And we absolutely support it. However, our appeals to the Ukrainian side to stop shelling have lasted for six years. And all our peace initiatives have been ignored both by Ukraine and its European allies.

We express our full readiness to observe an absolute regime of silence, but Ukraine does not demonstrate such initiatives. Quite the contrary, the shelling is increasing. Only the last 24 hours, settlements of Donetsk and Gorlovka have been shelled. Civil infrastructure facilities are being shelled. Statistics for the month looks even scarier. There are dead and wounded civilians. There was a wounded observer of the SCCC. Due to the threat of shelling, the Donetsk filter station has halted work and many people, including those residing in areas controlled by Ukraine, are left without water. Against this background, calls for peace look like unabashed cynicism and outright mockery,ʺ the deputy said.

Vladislav Berdichevsky added that the states-guarantors should wield comprehensive control over the Ukrainian side in order to cease fire.

ʺI believe that Berlin and Paris should not limit themselves to unsubstantiated appeals to Kiev. We need to apply tough pressure with all possible economic, political and diplomatic mechanisms and levers. Only in this case, it will be possible to achieve any results. But today, neither Germany nor France need peace in Ukraine. Europe, as well as America, needs destabilization in the region and destabilization on the border with Russia. Therefore, Ukrainian neo-Nazis still have a feeling of complete impunity and permissiveness. And there are no preconditions for the situation to change in the near future,ʺ the parliamentarian summed up.

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