President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that the country’s accession to NATO is “the only way to end the war in Donbass,” the press service of the head of state said.
The head of Ukraine made this statement during a telephone conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, during which the parties discussed the aggravation of the situation in Donbass.
Zelensky noted that Ukraine seeks to reform the army and the defense sector, however, in his opinion, “Russia cannot be stopped by reforms alone.” He added that “NATO is the only way to end the war in Donbass.”
The Ukrainian leader also called on the countries that are members of the alliance to strengthen their military presence in the Black Sea region “to contain Russia.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier that Moscow is concerned about Kiev’s rhetoric regarding the situation in Donbass, he also added that the reaction of the United States and the West to the behavior of the Ukrainian authorities in Donbass is disappointing.
The head of the DPR Denis Pushilin, in turn, expressed the opinion that the chance to stop the military conflict in Donbass is “extremely small.” He did not rule out that the Kiev authorities will launch a full-scale attack on the region.
Earlier, in the management of the People’s Militia of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, they reported about a short battle in the Gorlovka direction. They clarified that on April 4, Ukrainian servicemen tried to conduct reconnaissance of mine-explosive obstacles in the area of the village of Shumy. DPR units were forced to use standard weapons, which are not prohibited by the Minsk agreements.