Vitold Fokin, the first Prime Minister of independent Ukraine accepted the offer to work in Minsk trilateral contact group that seeks to end Donbas conflict. Gordon news agency reported that on Tuesday.
Fokin claimed that the decision to join the group was a crucial one for him.
"There are many reasons. Everyone has a smartphone these days, and networks are full of posts about me and Leonid Kravchuk being appointed to this group. Some people go for insults, mocking our age, et cetera. But I surely decided to agree, and it's an honor for me to help my Motherland at the end of my life. For me, Motherland is Ukraine and Donbas, which I truly love. It was, is and will be Ukrainian", Fokin said.
He said was his decision that he made after a conversation with Leonid Kravchuk who will be heading the Ukrainian delegation in the group.
"Just like me, Kravchuk is convinced that there are no agreements without a halfway house; that the ceasefire in the disengagement area is a step towards peace, but not the peace itself. There are people who say it's a path to surrender. But they do not understand what they're talking about. Surrender is a slightly different thing, when one of the sides admits it lost, gives up its weapons and agrees on tough conditions of the winner. This is nothing like what we have in this case with Ukraine (...). On the contrary, it's a step towards victory", Fokin said.