The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine denies Russia's mediating role in resolving the conflict in Donbas since Moscow itself takes part in it. This is stated in the commentary of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry in connection with the latest statements by the Russian Foreign Ministry regarding the situation in Donbas.
"The Russian military presence in the occupied part of Donbas continues to this day. Illegal crossing of an uncontrolled segment of the Ukrainian-Russian state border in order to strengthen and rotate the armed forces of the Russian Federation has become a constant practice ... Documentary and other evidence of the role and direct Russia's participation in an armed conflict against Ukraine are transferred and will continue to be transferred by the Ukrainian side to international jurisdictional institutions. Therefore, the insistence of Russian officials about the allegedly “mediating” role in the peace process in Donbas is outrageous," the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Representatives of Ukrainian diplomacy note that from the first day of the armed conflict Russia has not been and, basically, cannot be a mediator in the conflict that it started and in which it continues to participate.
"Russia's direct role and participation in the ongoing armed conflict in eastern Ukraine has been documented and known to the international community. Russia must acknowledge its responsibility for unleashing armed aggression against Ukraine and make every effort to resolve the conflict," the Ukrainian foreign ministry added.
Meanwhile, the United States can play one of the key roles in ending the war in Donbas and returning Ukrainian territories. Relations between Ukraine and the United States may reach a new level. This was stated by the head of the President's Office Andriy Yermak.
"The United States of America, as a strategic partner of Ukraine, can play a key role in ending the war in Donbas and returning Ukrainian territories. This opinion was expressed by the head of the President's Office, Andriy Yermak," the statement read.