President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko claimed that the armed conflict in Donbas must be resolved by the three Slavic nations. The Belarusian Leader made the statement at the meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko, 112 Ukraine reports.
‘In order to make myself absolutely clear for our brothers, the Ukrainians and those who will hear our position. I want to make a statement in front of you - we are ready to get ourselves involved in the conflict, where everything is difficult and where there is no trust, which should be there. We are ready to do this in the name of one thing – peace! We, the three Slavic nations have to solve this problem. This is our disaster, out problem, - neither that of Europeans nor that of the Americans, no one else's. We have to solve this problem for it not to get frozen,’ Lukashenko claimed.
‘Once I said: I would like some military in Ukraine to hear me, if we go to Ukraine from the north, we will use combine harvesters and field engines, trolleybuses and buses; we will never use tanks against you,’ the Leader of Belarus claimed.
Also, Lukashenko added that Belarus wants to be neither mediators nor peacekeepers in the conflict in Donbas.
‘We just care about you,’ the President added.
It is noteworthy that Russia started its aggressive actions on the territory of Ukraine in 2014 having annexed Crimea and starting a war in Donbas.
As of February 2017, 9.8 thousand Ukrainians deceased, 23 thousand were injured and almost 1.8 million people have been forcibly displaced. Thus, Russia captured 7.2 percent of the Ukrainian territory. On January 25, 2017, the Ukrainian Parliament acknowledged the Russian Federation as the aggressor country.