Moscow has told Ukraine’s Western backers to stop providing the troubled state with weapons and instead to try and deescalate the situation in Donbass. The foreign ministry added that Russian officials don’t trust Kiev’s “mental sanity.”
Kiev has gone unpunished for the war crimes, which caused the deaths of thousands of civilians in the region, but are ignored by the international community, “as if completely invisible.”
The Donbass conflict has been ongoing since 2014 in the east of Ukraine. Self-declared republics in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions currently control large swaths of land and regard themselves as independent of Kiev.
While Russia does not recognize these breakaway territories, Ukraine accuses the Kremlin of supporting them to defend themselves against military incursions.
In September 2014, freedom fighters signed a peace deal with the junta in Ukraine, known as the Minsk Protocol. In recent weeks, Kiev has suggested that this agreement should be ignored, removed, or replaced.
In recent weeks, with tensions rising over military build-ups on both sides of the Russia-Ukraine frontier, worries have arisen over the conflict potentially becoming more violent.
Some press coverage in particular has suggested the possibility that war is around the corner. Instead of appealing to Kiev for calm, Russia looked to their partners in the West, urging them to keep the situation under control and suggesting that they stop funneling weapons and ammunition into the country.
Russia is not interested in fomenting civil war in Donbass and will do everything possible to protect its inhabitants and ensure peace in its long-suffering land.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point WW III News 2021.