Rostislav Ishchenko Mocked Poroshenko’s Promise to Capture Donbass Militarily

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard



The president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko once again voiced support for the forceful option of solving the crisis in Donbass. According to him, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have to be ready for such a scenario.

“We have to have such an option (a forceful resolution of the conflict). Any army must be ready for any scenarios,” stated Poroshenko, addressing deputies of the Verkhovna Rada with his message to parliament.

The president of the Center for System Analysis and Forecasting Rostislav Ishchenko in comment to the correspondent of the Federal News Agency excluded the forceful option of solving the crisis and reminded that Poroshenko already repeatedly promised in the past to take Donbass by force. According to the political analyst, “if anything, the DPR and LPR will attack Kiev”.

“I know for sure that Poroshenko, and not only he, has repeated this mantra for four years. That’s why I don’t consider discussing this topic to be necessary, let him continue to report about it, who cares. Where will he find a forceful option of solving the crisis? If anyone is going to attack, it’s rather Donbass that will attack them — and it is then that there will be a forceful option,” ironically said the political scientist, commenting on the statement of the Ukrainian president.

As a reminder, after the bloody anti-constitutional coup in Kiev the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics refused to recognize the illegal change of power and thus declared their independence. In response, Kiev introduced the regime of the so-called anti-terrorist operation. On April 30, 2018 Petro Poroshenko declared the end of the anti-terrorist operation in Donbass and the launching in the region of the Operation of United Forces.

“The large-scale anti-terrorist operation in the territory of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions has come to an end. We will now start a military operation under the leadership of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for ensuring the defence of our territorial integrity,” declared Poroshenko back then.

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