“The Federal Ministry of Labor and the Federal Ministry Economy however, they conduct their own research. “The declaration of large-scale hostilities in Donbas (eastern Ukraine) by the Kiev government will be the beginning of the end for Ukraine,” said Dmitry Kozak, the deputy head of the Russian presidency.
“I believe that there are such assessments and I support those assessments, which also exist within Ukraine, which say that the start of hostilities will be the beginning of the end of Ukraine. “This is like shooting yourself, shooting your legs and not the temple,” he said.
THE Russia it will be forced to defend its citizens living in Donbass territory if the scale of the conflict is commensurate, he added. “Today everything depends on the extent of the fire. “If there is going to be a Srebrenica, as our president says, we will obviously have to defend them,” Kozak said.
“The Ukrainian army is doing everything to protect the country and maintain the ceasefire”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said today that the Ukrainian army was doing everything possible to protect the country and maintain a ceasefire in the eastern Donbas region.
Zelensky today visited Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, talking to soldiers, the presidential office said.
Kiev and Moscow have blamed each other for the recent escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine, where 14,000 people have died since 2014.
Ukraine, the United States and NATO have accused Russia of mobilizing troops near the border with Ukraine, but Moscow says its military moves are only defensive and that its forces will remain there as long as it sees fit.
Ukraine, the main topic of the Merkel-Putin telephone conversation
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin during a telephone conversation not to increase the presence of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine, while the Russian president accused Kiev of provocative actions in eastern Ukraine. .
“The subject of the conversation, among other things, was the increased military presence of Russia around eastern Ukraine. “The chancellor asked not to continue this increased presence, in order to achieve de-escalation of the situation,” Demer said. She added that “some other foreign policy issues were discussed, in particular Syria, Libya and Bosnia and Herzegovina” as “the issue of Navalny was also raised”.
The Kremlin said in a statement that Putin and Merkel had expressed concern over escalating tensions in the Donbass region. The Russian president “drew attention to the provocative actions of Kiev, which has recently deliberately aggravated the situation on the line of contact,” the Kremlin said in a statement.