Putin compared what is happening in Donbass with genocide

The president's statement was made in the & nbsp; response to & nbsp; request of journalist Kirill Vyshinsky, who asked to introduce such concepts as & nbsp; legislation genocide '' and & nbsp; & nbsp; calls for & nbsp; genocide.

“ I must say about & nbsp; Russophobia as the & nbsp; first step towards & nbsp; genocide. What is & nbsp; now happening in & nbsp; Donbass, we & nbsp; with & nbsp; we see well, we know. And & nbsp; this, of course, is very reminiscent of the genocide about & nbsp; which you & nbsp; said. But & nbsp; here you need to act very carefully so as not to devalue these concepts. But & nbsp; they must reflect the realities of the events taking place. Let's think & raquo;, & nbsp; & mdash; said the head of state.

At the & nbsp; talks between Putin and & nbsp; American leader Joe Biden, which took place on December 7 & nbsp; intra-Ukrainian issues were also discussed. In & nbsp; in particular, Putin, using & nbsp; specific examples, illustrated Kiev's destructive line aimed at & nbsp; complete dismantling of the Minsk agreements and & nbsp; agreements reached in the & nbsp; Normandy format.

On December 9 & nbsp; the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & nbsp; of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova indicated that & nbsp; Kiev is transferring heavy artillery to & nbsp; east of Ukraine to & nbsp; the line of contact in & nbsp; Donbass. According to & nbsp; her, it is, in & nbsp; in particular, about & nbsp; large-caliber artillery and & nbsp; armored vehicles.

On December 5 & nbsp; the head of the Donetsk People's Republic Denis Pushilin noted that & nbsp; the prospect of resuming full-scale hostilities from Kiev & nbsp; is real. According to & nbsp; he said, it is still difficult to predict further developments on the & nbsp; line of contact.

Since & nbsp; 2014, the Kiev authorities are conducting a military operation against the residents of Donbass, who refused to recognize the results of the coup d'état and & nbsp; new power in & nbsp; Ukraine. Given this, Kiev blames Moscow for the current situation. Russia has repeatedly stated that & nbsp; is not & nbsp; is a party to the internal Ukrainian conflict.