President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky predicts that people in the occupied Donbas will soon rebel against the occupying power. He voiced this opinion in an interview with the Austrian newspaper Wiener Zeitung.
"Many of these people are invected with coronavirus, they are dealing with a humanitarian catastrophe there. And people living in the occupied part of Donbas can see how Ukrainians live on the other side of the front, which is better. Miners in the occupied Donbas are doing poorly: they do not receive a normal salary and are forced to pay for water and electricity at a high price. If the patience of the people there runs out at some point, there may be riots," Zelensky said.
He emphasized that there was a possibility of an internal conflict arising as many people remained pro-Ukrainian.
As we reported earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine of taking a selective approach to fulfilling its commitments in resolving the conflict in Donbas.
"Concerns have been expressed about the lack of progress in implementing the Minsk agreements of 2015, which remain the unalterable basis for resolving the conflict. Vladimir Putin paid special attention to Kyiv's attempts to interpret these agreements in its own way and to take a selective approach, in particular within the framework of the Normandy Format, its commitments,” the Kremlin's press service stated.