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Head of Ukraine’s General Staff opposes negotiations with Donbas militants

Ruslan Khomchak said that he was 'not a negotiator'
18:01, 24 May 2019

Ruslan Khomchak, Chief of General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces
Unian

Recently appointed Head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Ruslan Khomchak stands against the negotiations with the militants in occupied Donbas, as UNIAN news agency reported.

Assessing the possibility of the negotiations with the militants of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, he said: “I stand against any negotiations, I am a military man”.

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“I am the Head of the General Staff, I have totally different functions, I am not a negotiator. Let the negotiators speak; it is about the Foreign Ministry, there are other structures that should negotiate. I can rule, prepare the Armed Forces of Ukraine to repel all possible threats and give an adequate response with minimal losses,” Khomchak added.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed Head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko and appointed General Lieutenant Ruslan Khomchak. On May 23, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak presented Khomchak to the Armed Forces.

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