facilitated a trap, a political trap for himself in Russia. There is no good
solution for Putin. If he says we decided to leave Donetsk and Luhansk, he is politically dead in Russia. If he goes
offensive against Ukrainian army, trying to grab more land of independent
country in Donetsk and Luhansk, he is dead in the
world,” Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk
said at the 12th YES Annual Meeting on Saturday, September 12.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk underlined that president Putin “personally
ordered to deploy up to 40,000 troops, including Russian regular troops in
Donetsk and Luhansk.”
The PM noted that Russia was offered a number of ways to retreat, which he never accepted
the question on the Minsk agreements, Arseniy Yatsenyuk emphasized: “We had two options on this Minsk
deal: bad and worse. The worse option – not to have the Minsk deal, bad is to
sign Minsk. I was and I am skeptical about this deal, but I do understand that
this is the only deal we have on the table.”
Arseniy Yatsenyuk reminded that the Minsk deal was based on a number
of key pillars: to impose real ceasefire, to pull back Russian forces and to
seal the border.
ready to have free and fair elections in Donetsk and Luhansk
only in case if they meet all the OSCE/ODIHR criteria. I can hardly imagine the
way the OSCE to confirm that we can easily hold free and fair elections under
the barrel of the gun of Russian Kalashnikov at every polling station,” the PM
no easy solution. We will never make any kind of concessions, for example, like
to make Ukraine a federal state. No. This is the way how to dismantle Ukraine.
This is the action plan of Putin,” he highlighted.
executed everything what is on our side, Ukraine is and
was whiter that white in implementing the Minsk deal. We are eager to provide
peace and stability, and to deescalate the situation,” the PM stressed.
key thing is that everything is in the hands of president Putin. If he wants
really to deescalate the situation, he is to get out of Ukraine. If no, we are
to act in concert with the global community, to press on him,” Arseniy Yatsenyuk underlined.