Ukraine might return Donbas within next ten years,- Trilateral Contact Group representative

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to Serhyi Harmash, the frozen conflict is unprofitable for Ukraine
08:35, 28 February 2021


Ukraine has the opportunity to regain control over the occupied parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions within the next decade. This opinion was voiced by member of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas Serhiy Harmash on the air of the Ukraine 24 TV channel, RBC Ukraine reported.

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“It seems to me that the current government believes in this possibility, it sees the changing geopolitical and economic conditions in Russia and is moving a little towards this. I don’t want to make predictions, but I think the real prospect is that we have at least the next 10 years to liberate Donbas,” Harmash said.

He stressed that the frozen conflict is unprofitable for Ukraine.

According to him, Ukraine's task is to create conditions for Russia to make it get out of the conflict in Donbas: constantly purposefully weaken the enemy on all fronts and use those geopolitical opportunities that arise and exist now.

Meanwhile, Vice Prime Minister, Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov believes that it is impossible to reintegrate Donbas in just a few years - this process may take up to several decades. 

"Yes, I continue to say that full-fledged reintegration will take at least 25 years, at least one generation. This is my belief," Reznikov noted.

According to him, allegations that the reintegration of Donbas is possible in a year or two arise from a misunderstanding of the situation.

Related: Militants block entry of UN humanitarian convoy to occupied Donbas


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