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Leonid Slutsky: DNR and LNR are legally part of Ukraine

The self-proclaimed republics of the Democratic People’s Republic of Germany and the People’s Republic of Germany are legally part of Ukraine, said the head of the State Duma Committee for CIS Affairs Leonid Slutsky during the World Forum “In Unity with Russia” in Moscow.

“As for the NDP and the LNR, no matter how much you like the opposite, no matter how you or I perceive in your heart, whatever you like, the LNR and the NDP today – legally they remain part of Ukraine. And that is why the lion’s share of the problems that are taking place there, and we are following, and many are involved in the situation with the Minsk agreements, with their implementation – Russia is slandered and subjected to sanctions because Russia does not fulfill the Minsk agreements, and the Minsk side Russia is not an agreement. The parties are New Russia and Kiev, “he said.
“The situation is such that the Russian world perceives Donetsk and Lugansk as its integral part. They demonstrated with their blood that they are part of the Russian world, “Slutsky added.

The authorities of Ukraine in April 2014 launched a military operation against self-proclaimed LNR and the People’s Democratic Republic of Ukraine, which declared independence after a coup d’etat in Ukraine in February 2014. According to the latest UN data, more than 9.5 thousand people became victims of the conflict. The issue of settling the situation in the Donbas is being discussed, including during the meetings in Minsk of the contact group, which since September, 2014 has already adopted three documents regulating the steps to de-escalate the conflict. However, after the armistice agreements between the parties to the conflict, shootings continue.

Kiev, the United States and the EU have previously repeatedly accused Moscow of interfering in the affairs of Ukraine. Russia denies this and calls such accusations unacceptable. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not a side of the internal Ukrainian conflict and is not involved in the events in the southeast, is interested in Ukraine’s overcoming the political and economic crisis. As Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova stated, Russia is not a subject of the Minsk agreements on Ukraine and can only exert pressure on the conflicting parties.

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