Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed that his country will provide military assistance to the republics of Donetsk and Luhansk and will send armed forces to their lands if necessary.
Putin said, during a press conference held today, Tuesday, that Russia was interested in implementing the Minsk agreements on settling the crisis in southeastern Ukraine, pointing out that he was among the authors of these documents, which he stressed were "the result of consensus."
He recalled that these agreements were signed by the presidents of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics at the time, but one of them, the President of the Donetsk Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, was killed in 2018 in an assassination carried out by Ukrainian intelligence.
He continued: “Despite everything, a consensus was found, it was a real movement on the path to a peaceful settlement, but everything was liquidated by the efforts of the Kiev authorities over the past years... The Minsk agreements were killed long before the recognition of the two People’s Republics in Donbass yesterday. This was done by the current authorities in Kiev and not by us or the representatives of the two republics.”
He explained that the recognition of the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk republics by Russia is a measure resulting from the Ukrainian authorities' public assertions that they do not intend to implement these agreements, explaining that Russia will not wait for "a continuation of the genocide against the approximately 4 million people residing in those territories, and this cannot be tolerated."
He stressed that Western countries were not able to push the Ukrainian side to abide by the Minsk agreements, stressing: "Of course, in this sense, the Minsk agreements do not exist, and how can they be implemented if we recognize the independence of these two entities (the republics of Donetsk and Luhansk)."