The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during the traditional new year greeting has mentioned Ukrainian soldiers who “keep the defense on the Eastern borders,” promised to strengthen the new army, and at the same time appealed to residents of Donbass and Crimea. These regions Kyiv considers to be occupied.
“Across the artificial line of demarcation my sincere wishes to even hear the Crimea and Sevastopol, Donetsk and Lugansk. Brothers and sisters, your house – Ukraine”, – said Poroshenko in the New year.
Russian Senator Alexey Pushkov, who drew attention to the statement Poroshenko, in this connection, recalled the complete blockade of the Donbas and continuing several years of shelling by the APU. “Cynicism seems to have no borders,” he wrote on Twitter.
— Alexei Pushkov (@Alexey_Pushkov) January 1, 2018.
Crimea became part of Russia following a referendum in March 2014. The self-proclaimed Republic of Donbass to put up with Kiev not going: there were Pro-Russian statement and even the idea of creating within Ukraine’s borders of the new state. Note that in December, after the withdrawal from Ukraine of the Russian officers from the Joint center for control and coordination of the ceasefire in the Donbass intensified attacks.
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