Russian President Says Ukraine Subjected Donbas Republics to ‘Genocide’
Kyiv’s actions against the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics amount to “crimes against humanity” and actually constituted “genocide” of the local population, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. The president made the remarks Thursday in his address to participants of the 10th International Legal Forum in St. Petersburg.
“Russia is open to dialogue on ensuring strategic stability, preserving agreements on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and improving the situation in arms control,” Putin said. “We are focused on uniting efforts on crucial issues such as the climate agenda, the fight against famine, the stability of food and energy markets and fair rules in international trade and competition”, he added.
Ensuring proper and meticulous international cooperation on various issues could, in the future, help avert crises like the one currently unfolding in Ukraine, the President stressed.
With this approach, we could avoid crises like the one currently raging in the Donbass to protect its inhabitants from genocide – and there can be no other definition of the actions of the kyiv regime than a “crime against humanity”.
that of Moscow “The foreign affairs agenda has always been and remains constructive,” says Putin. Russia seeks to develop “multipolar relationships” with someone “interested in them” and places “great value” on cooperation “within the UN, G20, BRICS, SCO” and other groups, he added.
Russia sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, citing kyiv’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, intended to give the Donetsk and Lugansk regions special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has since admitted that kyiv’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to save time and “to create powerful armed forces.”
In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbas republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked.
During the conflict, Kyiv and Moscow swapped accusations of committing various crimes against civilians. Ukraine’s rhetoric has been supported and amplified by leading Western politicians, US President Joe Biden, for example, accusing Russia of committing “genocide” in the country. The White House, however, has tried to downplay the remarks, insisting they are not official Washington policy. The UN declined to describe the ongoing conflict as such, saying it had no “documented models” it could represent “genocide.”
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