Meeting with the puppet leader of ‘DNR’ attempt to legitimize Russia’s illegal occupation of Donetsk
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (Photo:Enrico Strocchi/flickr)
Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned self-proclaimed Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko's meeting in Minsk with the puppet leader of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Denys Pushilin, as an attempt to legitimize Russia’s illegal occupation of Ukraine.
The MFA published an official statement on the matter on April 18.
"We consider the meeting with a representative of the Russian occupation administration, who is hiding from Ukrainian investigation for committing serious crimes and is under Ukrainian and international sanctions, to be another openly unfriendly act on the part of Belarus aimed at supporting the aggressor state of Russia," the statement reads.
The MFA decided to call the Ukrainian ambassador to Belarus Ihor Kyzym for consultations on the matter.
The Ministry has also asked Minsk to refrain from such destructive actions and to stop supporting Russian aggression against Ukraine.
Lukashenko met with Pushilin, the Kremlin-appointed puppet head of an illegal Russian military formation in Ukraine, in Minsk on April 18.
Belarus offered to help ‘normalize’ people's lives in Russian-occupied Ukrainian areas.
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