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Return of Crimea by force is completely excluded, - Volker

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U.S. Special Envoy to Ukraine also completely excludes the direct negotiations with Donbas militants
19:56, 18 March 2019

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The possibility of return of Crimea by force is completely excluded as well as the direct negotiations with Donbas militants as Interfax-Ukraine reported citing U.S. Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker.

“There is no military solution of the Crimean issue, in other words, return of Crimea by Ukraine by force. It will become a military catastrophe,” he stated and noted that the attempt of such actions will lead to the suffering of thousands of people.

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Besides, he has completely excluded the possibility of the negotiations with the representatives of the illegal armed formations in Donbas.

“Russia still denies that it controls the illegal armed formations in the east of Ukraine and insists that Ukraine should directly negotiate with the formations and it will legitimize this invasion and occupation, Volker said.

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As we reported earlier, Viktor Medvedchuk, the politician and the head of 'Ukrainsky Vybir' (Ukrainian Choice) political party faces prosecution in Ukraine. Ukraine’s Prosecutor General's Office opened the case against him in state treason and encroachment on the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. The basis for the criminal proceeding is an application of the Ukrainian MP from the People’s Front political party. The criminal case opened against the politician for his proposals on settlement of the military conflict in Donbas by granting the region with autonomy and capturing that in the Constitution of Ukraine. Medvedchuk voiced the proposals at the All-Ukrainian Congress of the party on January 29.

Members of the European Parliament condemned the criminal proceeding against Viktor Medvedchuk, the representative of the "Opposition Platform - For Life" political party.

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Besides, Tte representatives of “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DPR) Denis Pushilin and “Luhansk People’s Republic” (LPR) Leonid Pasechnik agreed on the direct negotiations with Kyiv on the plan proposed by  Head of Political Council of Party “Opposition platform – For life” Viktor Medvedchuk, facilitated by the European partners on settlement of Donbas Conflict.

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