Zelensky Needs a “Ceasefire” in Donbass To Boost His Approval Rating Before the Parliamentary Election

Peacekeepers should be brought to the territory of Ukraine, as journalists and political figures are being attacked there. Ukrainian nationalists are doing everything they want in the country in the face of continuing rampant crime. This was stated by former deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleg Tsarev in a conversation with a correspondent of the Federal News Agency.

The FAN interlocutor commented on the statement made by the head of the Kiev delegation to the Donbass contact group, Leonid Kravchuk, that the introduction of peacekeepers in the region is an impossible task for Ukraine.

“It’s absolutely acceptable (the idea of putting peacekeepers in Donbass), but I think that this task is impossible for us… We are dealing with a very large country — Russia, and it says ‘No, you can only put it on the line of demarcation’… I think we should look for economic options and special management at the local level,” Kravchuk said in an interview with Dmitry Gordon.

Oleg Tsarev explained that Ukraine wanted to take control of the territory of Donbass with the help of peacekeepers, without fulfilling the Minsk Agreements.

“Vladimir Putin was absolutely right when he said that Russia does not object to the introduction of peacekeepers on the line of demarcation. Let them better control this territory, so that Ukrainian troops do not continue shelling the Republics. In general, it would be logical to introduce peacekeepers to the territory of Ukraine, since journalists and political figures are being attacked there. Ukrainian nationalists are doing everything they want in the country during the ongoing rampage of crime. There is nothing of this on the territory of the republics,” Tsarev said.

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The politician stressed that Donbass always complies with the terms of any agreements with the Ukrainian side. If there is talk about a truce, then in Donbass they cease fire, which can not be said about Kiev.

“As far as we can see, they shoot only from the territory of Ukraine, since Kiev does not control its troops. Now it is absolutely important for Vladimir Zelensky to fulfil something from his election promises. He hopes that the truce that has now begun will hold. That’s why SBU employees went to visit all UAF troops. They are on duty there and ensure that there were no attacks. The UAF soldiers were told that they would be severely punished for not following the cease-fire order,” the source said. “When Ukraine undertook to actually do something, we see that the attacks have stopped. This once again confirms that all the previous statements of Kiev – that allegedly the Republics are shelling themselves – were nonsense. Order on the line of demarcation was brought only when the Ukrainian authorities really start to control this process.”

Leonid Kravchuk, who recently came to the post of a new “negotiator” from Kiev, wants to demonstrate his ability to negotiate, Tsarev believes.

“Kravchuk is trying to show his sanity in order to somehow arrange a meeting in the ‘Normandy Format’. Then Zelensky will be able to show off against the background of Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel, and Emmanuel Macron before the [parliamentary – ed] election in Ukraine. Zelensky’s approval rating has collapsed and he needs at least a small victory in the form of a cease-fire,” he added.

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Earlier, Leonid Kravchuk said that he is ready to recognise the futility of the Minsk Agreements if necessary. According to him, Kiev may refuse to conduct negotiations on Donbass in this format. In fact, this will mean that the Ukrainian authorities are ready to opt for the severance of the Minsk Agreements, said the representative of Kiev.


Iosif Donetsky

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