In Moscow, there are fears that in the event of the closure of the border between Russia and Eastern regions of Ukraine, in the Donbas may occur the repetition of the tragedy that occurred in Srebrenica in 1995. On Thursday, October 19, said the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, reports RIA Novosti.
“What are we afraid, I tell you. So to say that we are afraid of something. If you give the opportunity to political issues, until the decision on granting to these territories (the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk national republics (DND and LNR) — approx.”Tape.ru”) special status in accordance with the law adopted by Parliament and has now been extended for a year, if not to adopt the law on Amnesty, if not to do all this, then the closure of the border between Russia and unrecognized republics will lead to a situation on a par with the Srebrenica”, — said Putin.
“There will be just a massacre arranged, we can’t allow and will never allow”, — he added.
The massacre in Srebrenica happened in 1995. Serbian forces blocked the declared “security zone” of the city, took it and is believed to have destroyed up to eight thousand adult men from among the Bosnian Muslims, leaving the women and children. Dutch peacekeepers who were supposed to ensure the safety of Srebrenica and refused to fight. In 2007, the international Tribunal has described the incident of mass killing as genocide.
The armed conflict in the Donbass 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.