Ukraine’s MFA committed to diplomacy after Putin's decisions on occupied Donbas

22 February 2022, 02:16 PM

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has issued an official statement condemning the Kremlin's actions following Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to recognize the self-declared authorities in the non-government-controlled parts of Ukraine’s Donbas.

“The decision will not have any legal consequences,” said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko.

“Instead, this decision takes the escalation of the situation (to a new level) and may mean the unilateral withdrawal of the Russian Federation from the Minsk agreements.”

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry noted that they remain committed to a "diplomatic solution to the conflict."

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“The Ukrainian side understands the intentions of Russia and its desire to provoke Ukraine,” the Foreign Ministry stated.

“We take into account all the risks and will respond to provocations. We remain committed to a political and diplomatic settlement of the Russian-Ukrainian armed conflict.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Feb. 21 recognized the independence of the two Russian puppet statelets in Ukraine’s occupied Donbas region, and immediately ordered Russian troops into Ukrainian territory on a self-proclaimed “peacekeeping” mission – in fact an invasion.

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