Kravchuk: Russia sees no other way but to use force.

Leonid Kravchuk / Photo from UNIAN

Leonid Kravchuk / Photo from UNIAN

Head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on Donbas Leonid Kravchuk says Russia sees no other way in resolving issues but to use force.

"We will proceed from the fact that the Russians are constantly preparing for some kind of war and have been fighting for 150 years if we take the whole history of Russia. They see no other way in resolving issues but to use force," he told Ukraina 24 TV channel, commenting on Russia's refusal to ensure a full ceasefire in Donbas from April 1.

"The Russian position is in the first place for them, while the norms of international law are not obligatory for them. Another thing is that we must be prepared for such a scenario and do everything to prevent the worst from happening," the official said.

Read also Kuleba, Blinken discuss latest escalation in Donbas According to Kravchuk, the Russians believe Ukraine should comply with those "whims" they consider necessary and those solutions they propose, but "they refuse to negotiate."

"That is, we should know it is very difficult to come to an agreement with Russia, but this does not mean we will give up. We have proposed and will continue offering actions or steps to show that there is nothing more important for Ukraine than ending the war in Donbas, and the return to the ceasefire is the first and most important step. Other steps become real after that," he added.

Escalation in Donbas

  • On March 26, 2021, four Ukrainian soldiers were killed and another two were wounded in enemy shelling near the village of Shumy in Donbas, eastern Ukraine.
  • In this regard, President Volodymyr Zelensky instructed Ukraine's delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas to initiate an urgent meeting of the security subgroup, as well as urgently discussing this issue at the level of advisers to the Normandy Four leaders.
  • Zelensky also planned to hold separate talks with all Normandy leaders in the near future.
  • On March 30, 2021, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron held a phone talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin and called on Russia to take on obligations to stabilize the ceasefire in Donbas.
  • At the same time, the Kremlin said Macron and Merkel had not demanded that the Russian Federation take on obligations to stabilize the ceasefire in Donbas.
  • On March 31, 2021, Kravchuk proposed that the Russian counterparts ensure compliance with the full and comprehensive ceasefire in Donbas starting from April 1, but the Russian delegation showed no support for the initiative.

Translation: Kanaryan Lyudmila

Unian

Read the top-news of politics in Ukraine and the world, the latest political news from the UNIAN news agency.

https://www.unian.info/

Related news
Kuleba calls on OSCE to respond to Russia’s blackmail and neglect.

Kuleba calls on OSCE to respond to Russia’s blackmail and neglect.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba has called on the OSCE to harshly respond to Russia’s blackmail and neglect when ignoring the charter obligations of a member of the Organization and groundlessly shortening the mandate of the O...

UkrInform

Inside Japan's growing 'lonely death' clean-up service.

Inside Japan's growing 'lonely death' clean-up service.

In Japan, loneliness has become a serious problem, and there are increased 'lonely deaths' -- where people die alone and remain undiscovered for a long time. CNN's Blake Essig reports. Getting help around the world: For support outside of the US, ...

Sky News Breakfast: Lockdown easing in England set to be delayed by four weeks.

Sky News Breakfast: Lockdown easing in England set to be delayed by four weeks.

On Sky News Breakfast with Kat Burley: - Boris Johnson set to announce a four-week delay to the easing of lockdown restrictions in England. - Benjamin Netanyahu's 12-year term in power in Israel is brought to a close. - More gay and bisexual men a...

Health Minister hints wedding restrictions could be eased despite lockdown lifting delay.

Health Minister hints wedding restrictions could be eased despite lockdown lifting delay.

Restrictions on weddings in England look set to be eased when the Prime Minister delays the rest of lockdown lifting later today, a minister has suggested. Health Minister Edward Argar said couples waiting to wed are “very much” in the mind of Bor...

'Freedom Day' is set to be delayed by the Prime Minister.

'Freedom Day' is set to be delayed by the Prime Minister.

Boris Johnson will plead with the nation to make "one last heave" to freedom as he announces a delay of four weeks in lifting lockdown restrictions in England. A government source has told Sky News the Prime Minister will dash hopes that 'Freedom ...

Kamala Harris doesn't go to border because it exposes her lies: Carter.

Kamala Harris doesn't go to border because it exposes her lies: Carter.

Fox News' Sara Carter and Peter Hegseth criticize the vice president's performance as 'border czar' on 'The Next Revolution.' #FoxNews #TheNextRevolution Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Chann...

Ted Robbins: 'You just go with a cardiac arrest'

Ted Robbins: 'You just go with a cardiac arrest'

Comedian Ted Robbins describes the moment he collapsed from a cardiac arrest in front of thousands of people during a show in 2015. SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel for more videos: Follow us on Twitter: Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Instagram...