Defense Minister Andriy Zagorodnyuk has said that Ukraine is opposed to a withdrawal of forces along the entire contact line in Donbas.
According to the minister, they “very seriously examined this issue at the Defense Ministry, the General Staff, and other law enforcement agencies, as well as at meetings of the NSDC.”
“The main thing was that this, firstly, contradicts the Minsk agreements. The Minsk agreements stipulate that foreign military units should leave Ukraine and illegal armed formations should be disarmed and disbanded. Of course, if old agreements were replaced by new ones, the new ones would take priority, and the new ones could be about the disengagement. But this would actually make any efforts to implement security part of the Minsk agreements,” Zagorodnyuk said on Radio Liberty.
To Zagorodnyuk, the disengagement doesn’t change the policy of the security situation in Donbas.
“Because if the other side has the political will to escalate the conflict – two kilometers will not make much difference. This is not a problem for snipers, for sabotage and reconnaissance groups,” Zagorodnyuk said.