Wary of ‘Srebrenica’: Putin eager to protect Donbas militants?

In the wake of the talks in Paris, Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a comment on his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky’s demand to hand over the control over the border in Donbas to Kyiv.

According to him, ‘nationalists’ might stage a slaughter if guarantees of protection fail to be provided to Donbas residents residents.

“The Ukrainian side always raises the question: ‘Give us the opportunity to close the border with troops’. Well, I imagine what will happen next. That will be a Srebrenica, that’s it. We saw how President Zelensky led discussions with nationalists. It is clear who is stronger there,” news agency TASS quotes Putin who made a speech at Tuesday’s session of the Human Rights Council.

Putin criticized the Ukrainian side for not adopting the law on amnesty which, in his opinion, would be crucial for preventing residents in the Donetsk and Luhansk ‘republics’ from being ‘prosecuted’ by Kyiv.

During the recent meeting of the Normandy Four, the parties agreed on a complete and comprehensive ceasefire by the end of 2019. Among other things, it was planned to agree on new border crossing points within 30 days, primarily on the basis of humanitarian criteria.

Normandy Four agrees to complete ceasefire


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