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Putin may start escalation of Donbas conflict any time, - Poroshenko

There are enough Moscow-controlled forces in the Donbas conflict zone for an escalation, the President says
17:14, 12 February 2018

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Russia may start trying to escalate the conflict in Eastern Ukraine any time, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said in an interview for Bild.

According to Poroshenko, now there is enough Kremlin-controlled military on the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions that aren’t under the control of the Ukrainian government to start escalation any time. “I told Chancellor Merkel once: can you imagine that now in Eastern Ukraine there are more tanks that the Bundeswehr has? There are over 600 tanks on this territory,” Poroshenko said.

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He also noted that the times before the Minsk agreements were the toughest for Ukraine. In Feb. 2015, up to 25 soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were killed every day. Poroshenko said that in Minsk, the negotiations lasted for 19 hours without any breaks for food or sleep and that then the agreement was achieved with the help of Chancellor Angela Merkel. “We, Ukrainians, are very grateful to her, as the situation was extremely difficult,” Poroshenko emphasized.

However, he noted, it’s well-known that Russia isn’t in a hurry to implement its part of the Minsk agreements. He said that since the agreement was reached, 824 people were killed.

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