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Elena Panina: “Claims of Ukraine to Crimea in conjunction with Donbass – another propaganda”

The statements of the Ukrainian authorities about the equivalence of the ownership of Crimea and Donbass are another propaganda move to divert attention from the main thing – Ukraine’s unwillingness to comply with the Minsk Agreements, Elena Panina, a member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, told RIA Novosti.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said earlier that Crimea is Ukrainian territory, but the solution to this issue is more difficult than the solution to the Donbass issue, since no one wants to discuss Crimea within the framework of the Normandy Four.

According to Panina, Zelensky’s statement testifies to the lack of constructiveness in his negotiating positions.

“Claims to Crimea in conjunction with the Donbass theme are another propaganda move designed to divert attention from the main thing – unwillingness to fulfill the Minsk agreements,” Panina stressed.

She added that enough time has passed since Zeleny’s election, and “Kiev’s aggressive policy has not changed.” The reason is, Panina believes, that this policy “is being written far outside Ukraine, in the offices of Soros and his employees.”

“If Zelensky really wants peace, he must stop following the instructions of his Western curators and pursue an independent course. Cosmetic measures and a change in rhetoric are clearly not enough for this,” the deputy concluded.

Crimea became a Russian region after a referendum held there in March 2014, in which 96.77% of the voters of the Republic of Crimea and 95.6% of Sevastopol residents spoke in favor of joining Russia. Ukraine still considers Crimea to be its own, but temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically, in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter, voted for reunification with Russia. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Crimea issue is “finally closed.”

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