President of Russia Vladimir Putin believes that Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky is not able to provide the disengagement of forces in Donbas; however, Kyiv should express the political will as Interfax-Ukraine reported.
“There is the agreement on the disengagement of forces but the current president cannot provide the division of combat forces and hardware in any way. The nationalist military formations came there and stated publicly: “If the army leaves these positions then we will rise”. The army does not leave,” Putin stated.
The Russian president noted that the representatives of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) and Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) twice or thrice delivered the signals that they are ready; they launched white flares – the signal of the division.
“There is nothing from that side; no response,” Putin said noting that the nationalists came and prevent the army from leaving.
“The expression of the political will is needed here. That is why I believe it is necessary to support not particular people but the policy they hold,” Putin said.
Earlier Andriy Biletsky, the leader of National Corps party and the first commander of Azov volunteer regiment said that veterans of Donbas conflict will remain on the division line in Zolote settlement in Luhansk region, demanding that the Ukrainian government officially refuses to implement the Steinmeier formula and drops the idea to disengage troops along the said line.
On October 9, the clash took place between the police officers, volunteers and veterans who want to enter Zolote to prevent the disengagement of forces at the checkpoint in Kreminna, Luhansk region.
On October 1, the sides agreed on the beginning of the disengagement of the forces in Zolote (Luhansk region) and Petrovske (Donetsk region) during the Trilateral Contact Group session.