Ukraine might have to enter Russia when recapturing Donbas, says advisor to interior minister

5 June, 01:57 PM
One of the difficulties in the Ministry of Internal Affairs was called possible diplomatic consequences (Photo:Armed Forces)

One of the difficulties in the Ministry of Internal Affairs was called possible diplomatic consequences (Photo:Armed Forces)

Ukraine might have to enter Russian territory in order to recapture the entire territory of the Donbas, parts of which have been occupied by Russian since 2014, a Ukrainian government adviser has said.

Speaking on Ukrainian television’s Channel 24, adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs Viktor Andrusiv said that in his opinion, recapturing the Donbas might mean Ukrainian forces have to cross into Russian territory proper. 

According to Andrusiv, it is now obvious to everyone that Ukraine is waging a defensive war, but entering the territory of the Russian Federation may have undesirable consequences. 

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"It (will be) much more difficult, I think, to recapture Donbas,” Andrusiv said. 

“Why? Because in order to win (the Donbas) back from a tactical point of view, we need to understand that we (might) have to enter the territory of Russia, and this (would have) many far-reaching international consequences."

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