Oct 19, 2021
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US Secretary of Defense accused Russia of unleashing a war in Donbass

Russia unleashed a war in Donbass and violated the territorial integrity of Ukraine. This statement was made by US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin during a briefing in Kiev.

He said that the Russian side is hindering the peaceful settlement of the conflict on the territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. Austin added that the United States will do everything it can to protect Ukrainian sovereignty.

In turn, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Andriy Taran stressed that the military are ready to defend their country.

“We expect that the United States will continue to support our independence, territorial integrity and by all available methods to restrain Russia from further spreading aggression, from further escalating the armed conflict into a full-scale war,” TASS quotes him.

Russia has repeatedly made statements that it is not an aggressor in the internal Ukrainian conflict in Donbas. The plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in the contact group Boris Gryzlov said that Kiev is deliberately starting negotiations on hostilities at an impasse.

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