Russia will leave Donbas in 2018. The Deputy of Minister on Issues of Occupied Territories and IDPs Yuriy Hrymchak reported this to 5 Channel.
'According to the considerations, Russia will leave in 2018. Also, the sanctions that were signed are also in these considerations. It will be something like this. The only thing that postponed this process is the blockade of the occupied Donetsk and Luhansk' he said.
He also added that the last battle can take place in November.
'The only thing is that there are such suspicions that the last battle for Ukraine will possibly take place in November when Russia will try to activate everything that it has to subvert the situation in Ukraine and to not leave Donbas', he summarized.
59 civil persons died at the armed Donbas Conflict since the beginning of 2017 and 282 got injured. The Headquarters of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported on the escalation of the situation at the Luhansk direction.
According to the latest information, 16 attacks were determined on August 11 and one military received the battle trauma.
The armed Donbas Conflict began in 2014 after the annexation of Crimea by Russia. Russia does not officially recognize the attendance of its troops at the territory of Ukraine. The US and the EU imposed the sanctions against Russia due to the violation of the cease-fire regime, non-fulfillment of the Minsk Agreements and invasion of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.