Konstantin Setwindowsize: Russian Senator pointed to the main sponsor of the “separatist groups” in Donbas
The escalation of the military conflict on the contact line in the Donbass Kyiv authorities initiated and aimed at preserving the Western sanctions against Russia. So, the first Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian integration and relations with compatriots Konstantin Zatulin said “the Tape.ru” the attack of Ukrainian troops on militia fighters in the area of Avdeevka.
“Reason is the need to pre-empt possible moves by the new us administration to reduce tensions and partial or complete lifting of sanctions. To do this, Ukraine needs to demonstrate that it is not the time to think about the abolition of restrictions — on the contrary, the situation is getting worse, and we need to put pressure on Moscow”, — said Zatulin.
According to the Deputy, to such provocations we need to respond harshly. He stressed that military action from any side should be “immediately condemned with all the ensuing consequences”. “If Ukraine intends to provoke in order to destroy the incipient improvement of relations between Russia and the United States, then it should be put in place,” — said the MP.
Earlier on January 31, the press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow has accurate information that the attack on Avdiyivka began the “independent units” with the support of artillery of Armed forces of Ukraine. Peskov stressed that “the militia of Donbass had to fight back to recapture the territory”.
The Ukrainian foreign Ministry, in turn, demanded the “immediate cessation of hostilities”.
Fierce fighting in the vicinity of the Town (the town is about 20 kilometers from Donetsk) continue for several days. The purpose of the Ukrainian troops is industrial zone near Yasynuvata interchange. This transport node is considered key because it connects Donetsk and Gorlovka.
The armed conflict in the Donbas began in the spring of 2014 after the attempt of the new Kiev authorities the power to suppress speech in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions. The result of the confrontation, according to the UN, has killed more than 9.5 thousand people.