The hard times of the Donbas conflict are already gone. This was stated by the US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt during a meeting with students of Mariupol State University.
"We are fully aware, what huge issues Ukraine had to go through during two years of Russian aggression. On the other hand, we still think that you have already passed the difficult times of conflict. And now begin to build that true European democracy, which have been the purpose of Ukraine for the past 25 years ", - Pyatt said.
Speaking of the occupied Donbas integration Ukrainian statehood, the US diplomat said that the holding of local elections is an important component of this process, but only after conflict parties will fulfill all the provisions of the Minsk Agreement and, when Ukraine will restore the full control on the eastern border of the state.