Oct 28, 2021
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Zakharova: Russia calls on the United States, Germany and France to stop militarizing Ukraine

The conflict in the south-east of Ukraine cannot be resolved by military methods, attempts to solve the problem by force can turn into a tragedy. This was stated at a briefing on Thursday by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

“The conflict in the south-east of Ukraine has no military solution”, – quotes the words of Zakharova TASS. The diplomat warned that attempts to change the situation by force would have tragic consequences.

Zakharova suggested that “Kiev deliberately starts negotiations in the contact group at an impasse” in order to “free its hands for the return of Donbass by military means.”

According to the diplomat, Kiev’s confidence in the possibility of a military solution to the conflict in the southeast of the country is strengthened by the supply of weapons to Ukraine by Western countries, as well as NATO military exercises on the territory of the state.

The Russian Federation calls on the United States, Germany and France to stop encouraging the militarization of Ukraine, Zakharova stressed. The diplomat noted that Western countries need to use their influence “to return Kiev to the path of achieving lasting peace in Donbass by political and diplomatic means.”

On the eve, the head of the DPR Denis Pushilin said that the Ukrainian troops managed to capture the village of Staromaryevka, located in the “gray zone”.

Pushilin stressed that the servicemen seized a settlement located on the DPR supply line. In addition, Staromaryevka figured as one of the options for establishing a disengagement zone for forces and equipment.

On October 26, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine confirmed that the military used the Turkish Bayraktar drone for the first time in Donbas.

After that, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said that the supply of Turkish attack drones to Ukraine could destabilize the situation on the contact line in Donbass.

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