“Possible recognition of the “LPR” and “DPR” by the Russian Federation will become an obvious and complete withdrawal of Russia from the Minsk agreements,” the minister said.
According to him, despite the statements of the Russian side, the situation in Donbas is obvious to the world.
“Russia says a lot. For example, that it has never ‘attacked’ Ukraine. For example, that ‘they are not’ in the Donbas. For the world, the picture here is absolutely clear and obvious. First, Russia is a party to the conflict. Second, Russia must fulfill part of the Minsk agreements, starting with the security part.Third, Ukraine in recent years (and this is the great merit of the [Владимира] Zelensky personally) did everything to strengthen ties with the occupied territories, with Ukrainian citizens living in the occupied territories, and to implement the Minsk agreements and the decisions of the Normandy summits. Now it is an absolutely indisputable fact that the responsibility for the situation and for the future implementation of the Minsk agreements lies with the Russian Federation,” the Foreign Minister said.
Draft resolution on the appeal to Vladimir Putin on the recognition of the terrorist groups “LPR” and “DPR” published on the website of the State Duma of the Russian Federation January 19.
The authors of the document – representatives of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation Gennady Zyuganov, Ivan Melnikov, Vladimir Kashin, Nikolai Kolomeitsev, Yuri Afonin, Dmitry Novikov, Leonid Kalashnikov, Kazbek Taysaev, Yevgeny Bessonov, Nikolai Osadchy, Alexei Kurinny – called the recognition of the “DNR” “reasonable and morally justified” and “LNR”. In their opinion, the recognition of the militants “will create grounds for ensuring security and protection guarantees” for the residents of ORDLO.
Victor Vodolatsky called the proposal of the Communist Party hasty on the recognition of militants “LDNR”. According to him, “today it is important reach a stronger decision” in the requirements of the Russian Federation to the United States and NATO on “security guarantees”.
At the same time, if the United States and NATO refuse Moscow’s proposals, then “Plan B begins to be implemented, under which this statement may be realized,” Vodolatsky stressed.
The Kremlin refused to comment on the initiative of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation before the draft document was officially considered by the State Duma.
In 2014, immediately after the annexation of Crimea, Russia launched an armed aggression in eastern Ukraine. The fighting is between the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the one hand and the Russian army and Russian-backed militants who control part of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions on the other.
Officially, the Russian Federation does not recognize its invasion of Ukraine, despite the facts and evidence presented by Ukraine.
Spring 2021 Russia build up troops near the border with Ukraine and in the occupied Crimea. At the end of October, the American media began to report that Russia again pulling troops to the border with Ukraine. Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Alexei Danilov said on December 22 that in the zone 200 km from the country’s border there are more than 120 thousand Russian military.
In the Kremlin called reports about the preparation of the invasion “stuffing” and accused Kiev of preparing to aggression “against the “LPR” and “DPR”. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry refuted the disinformation of the Russian Federation about alleged preparations for a military attack in the Donbass.
The United States and NATO have repeatedly urged Russia to de-escalate tensions at the border. Russia, in turn, put forward demands for security guarantees, among which – non-expansion of NATO “eastwards” and refusing to admit to the Alliance states that were previously part of the USSR. On these requirements, in January 2022, Russia held talks with the United States, NATO and the OSCE. As a result, Russia stated that did not receive any guarantees from the USA and NATO, and US representatives said that before the Russian Federation worth the choice: de-escalation and diplomacy or confrontation and consequences.
In mid-January, American media, in particular CNN, reported that Russia may invade Ukraine in January–February. She allegedly can arrange a provocation, which will be the reason for the attack. On January 14, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that the American side had information that Russia prepares for sabotage in Donbass: she wants to accuse Ukraine of provocation to justify her invasion. According to the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the Russian special services preparing provocations against the military personnel of the armed forces of the Russian Federationto blame Ukraine for this.