Russian-led Mercenaries Continue Assault on Ukrainian Positions
In Donbas, from 5 to 7 June, at least five Ukrainian soldiers were killed as a result of shelling
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy believes that the shelling in the Donetsk region on the night of June 7, as a result of which two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and eight were injured, indicate that Russia has lost control over the mercenaries. Reported by the press service of the leader of the Ukrainian state.
“The flagrant violation of the Minsk agreements, the use of artillery, testifies at least to a partial loss of command and control over the mercenaries. We hope that the Russian side will resume control over these units, “the President of Ukraine emphasized..
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed condolences to the families of the victims and thanked for the courage and resilience of the Ukrainian servicemen who were attacked. He noted that at the diplomatic level, Ukraine will insist on a ceasefire and the release of prisoners.
“The shelling of the Ukrainian military is an obvious attempt to once again disrupt the process of negotiations on a ceasefire. Whoever gave the order – the Armed Forces of Ukraine will respond harshly and in accordance with the situation. And at the diplomatic level, our position on the need for a ceasefire and the release of prisoners will remain firm and unchanged, “said President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Recall that on June 5, after the death of three Ukrainian military personnel in Donbas, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the aggravation of the conflict in Donbass was “not the best background for the resumption of negotiations in Minsk.”.
“I would like to appeal to the leadership of the Russian Federation and the command of its occupying forces in Donbas. The aggravation of the conflict is not the best background for the resumption of negotiations in Minsk. We do not need to remind once again about the possibility of an escalation of your aggression, “Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted on Facebook..
He said that he would discuss in Brussels with European colleagues an “open demonstration” of Russian aggression in Donbass, and the Ukrainian delegation in Minsk would remind of the inadmissibility of attempts at dialogue from a position of strength.
The website of the special forces unit “Azov” reports details of the death of two soldiers on the night of June 7.
“The enemy, insidiously disdaining all the agreements and the ceasefire regime, attacked our strong points with 122 mm artillery. and 120 mm mortars. “.
Poroshenko on the “dangerous statement”
The words of the incumbent President Volodymyr Zelensky that “allegedly Russia has ceased to control the armed forces located in the occupied territory”, the former leader of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko calls “a dangerous statement”.
“This is absolutely not true! Sounds like inviting Russia to Donbass to legitimize the occupation. I call on intelligence to inform the state leadership that regular officers of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation are located in each position, starting with the platoon commander. Russia completely controls everything that happens in Donbass: the ruble is circulating there, the Russian military are there, and they are distributing Russian passports. I emphasize that Russia is responsible for the death of two Ukrainian heroes and six wounded, and the order was given by Russian commanders, ”Petro Poroshenko notes on June 7 on his Facebook page. He says that it is impossible to accept the position of the head of state about not shooting in response in Donbass.
“Our Armed Forces will defend our homeland!” – stressed Petro Poroshenko.
Peace on terms of surrender
Vitaliy Litvinenko, a political expert at the Ukrainian Club, believes that there are many differences between the stage image of the president as a “servant of the people” from the TV series of the same name – a motivated and purposeful leader – and the statesman who took office..
“If you read the statement of Volodymyr Zelenskyy regarding the murder of the Ukrainian military, you can, of course, hope that he is not ready, that he must go the path of a politician, to fill the bumps. But he will never be ready – he is not a politician. Where was he trained in politics? In Quarter 95? In Kryvyi Rih? In KVN? The question is not about time, and not about advisers. The president is a politician who is called upon to understand all the nuances, all the mechanisms of secret diplomacy. He says Russia has lost control of the militants. How? Russia has not lost control over them – it is impossible for it to lose control over them, ”says Vitaly Litvinenko to the correspondent of the Russian service “Voice of America”.
At the same time, Vitaly Litvinenko believes that the problem of today’s Ukrainian politics is not in the person of Volodymyr Zelensky, or the position of the West..
“The problem is in Russia. If some of the supporters of Volodymyr Zelensky want to return to the times of Yanukovych, when the dollar was eight hryvnias, and not 26, as it is now, and Crimea was not occupied, then Russia would like to return to 1989 – when there was an Iron Curtain and all of Ukraine was in as part of the “big and powerful” homeland called the USSR “, – the political scientist notes. He believes that the voiced position of Ukraine resembles a soft surrender to Russia..
“Yes, Russia is a very cunning player. She can play along with Volodymyr Zelensky – release, for example, sailors, or return Donbass on the condition of abandoning NATO and the EU, repealing the law on the Ukrainian language, federalizing the country, ”says Vitaly Litvinenko.
Concessions to Russia will not bring peace back to Donbass
Yevgeny Magda, Executive Director of the Institute of World Politics, believes that Russia does not want to negotiate with Ukraine on an equal footing – it wants to dictate its terms.
“And so the Kremlin is raising the stakes as much as possible. Up to ten Ukrainian soldiers have died in recent days in the Donbass, we see an escalation, the appearance of heavy weapons, which, obviously, were supplied to Donbass by Russia. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in an interview with RBC says that Russia will not rush to resume the negotiation process until parliamentary elections are held in Ukraine, negotiations in the Normandy format will not be resumed, ”says Evgeny Magda to the correspondent of the Russian service “Voice of America”.
According to Yevhen Magda, the political situation in Europe is beneficial for Russia today, in European countries there are groups of politicians who are not opposed to returning to business with Russia, “as usual”, having forgotten about the interests of Ukraine.
“To turn Ukraine into a gray zone in the center of Europe, to block the implementation of Euro-Atlantic integration. This is an absolutely obvious task for Russia, and if the Ukrainian leadership does not understand this, then it is a pity. Russia is trying to crush Ukraine so that it would lose all will to resist, agreed to Russian conditions: the refusal to mention Crimea and the transformation of Donbass into a weight around its neck. And against this background, it is difficult to talk not only about the strengthening of sanctions, even about the possibilities for preserving the existing ones, since there is a group of politicians in Europe who want to return to business with Russia, ”notes Yevgeny Magda.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says that Russia has lost control over the militants in the east of the country, he calls an ineffective position.
“It looks like an attempt to play along with Russia, she will not appreciate it. Anyone who understands the logic of Russia sees that it always acts in such a way as to dominate, to show opponents in the most disadvantageous position and to achieve the set goals, ”says Yevgeny Magda.
He believes that today there are no “effective” answers to the question of whether the world will return to Donbass in the near future..
“The volume of concessions that Russia demands from Zelensky poses a threat to his presidency and is unacceptable for a significant part of Ukrainian citizens – reconciliation with Russia is impossible today,” concludes Yevhen Magda.