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Donbas militants comment on influence on Zelensky’s inauguration on war

Source : 112 Ukraine

Militants of the self-proclaimed republics expect the ceasefire order, disengagement of troops and armistice agreement
12:29, 24 May 2019

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Officials of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) believe that Donbas conflict became less tense after the inauguration of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky as Izvestia reported citing Head of DPR People’s Militia Eduard Basurin.

According to the representative of the illegal armed formations, the number of attacks decreased and the heavy weapons are almost not used in the conflict zone as Zelensky assumed the office.

However, Basurin supposed that such state of affairs in Donbas might be temporary.

Related: Medvedchuk cannot represent Ukraine in Donbas peace talks, - head of Zelensky administration

According to him, the self-proclaimed DPR does not know how the new Ukrainian authority will act.

Rodion Miroshnyk, the official representative of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) at Minsk Talks Group added that they expected the ceasefire order, disengagement of troops and armistice agreement.

Only then, the situation at the contact line will really change, as the representative of the illegal armed formations.

Related: President Zelensky calls Russia "aggressor" in public

Earlier, Andry Bohdan, the Head of the Administration of President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that the authority considers the option to make the peace agreements with Russia a matter of the national referendum

'In his speeches, Volodymyr Zelensky himself declared that we consider making some agreements the matter of the referendum. It's not only about the politicians talking, but also about the people. We consider making the issue of reaching the peace agreements with Russia a matter of the all-nation referendum, so that the people of Ukraine would decide that, too - not just the MPs' votes and the President making the decision', Bohdan said.

On May 23, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky denied the possibility of the negotiations with Russia.

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