Putin shows sorrow about situation in Donbass
(MENAFN) The Donbass republics should have rejoined Russia sooner, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday at a meeting with the mothers of servicemen involved in Ukraine's military operation. Fewer lives may have been lost in such a circumstance, the president said.
“There might not have been so many casualties among civilians, there would not be so many children killed,” the Russian president advised. He kept, nevertheless, that back in 2014 (8 years), Russia did not have a complete understanding of the situation in Donbass or of the true sentiments of the locals.
“[We] believed that we might still be able to reach an agreement and … reunify Donetsk and Lugansk with Ukraine within … the Minsk Agreements,” Putin highlighted, adding that Russia was “genuinely working towards that.”
In a subsequent statement, the president blamed the 2014 Kiev coup for the ongoing situation in Donbass and the confrontation between Russia and Ukraine. "None of this would have happened if it wasn't for the coup in Ukraine in 2014," he stated.
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