Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Ukraine is in BIG TROUBLE: Putin Stands Up for Donbass in Famous ‘Hotline’

On June 7th, Russian President Vladimir Putin held a 4-hour “hotline” during which he answered questions from people across Russia, including from Crimeans and refugees from Donbass. 
This was a hotline with citizens (and residents), not journalists, so Putin spent the lion’s share of broadcasting time discussing domestic policy. But Putin also touched on the international agenda, and made several noteworthy statements about the situation in and around Ukraine. Strana.ua has gathered some of the most head-turning statements, which we have translated for our readers. 

The “Ukrainian topic” was started when the Russian president was called live on air by the famous writer Zakhar Prilepin who recently went to fight as a volunteer in the Donetsk People’s Republic. Prilepin told the president of the exacerbated situation in Donbass and claimed that the Ukrainian army is preparing an offensive. Putin responded:
“I hope that provocations will not reach this point. If this happens, I think it will have very serious consequences for Ukrainian statehood as a whole. I would like to stress again that I hope that nothing like this will happen. The people who live in the areas in Donbass, in the Lugansk People’s Republic and Donetsk People’s Republic, cannot be intimidated. We provide aid to both unrecognized republics and will continue to do so. 


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[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 12th, 2018.]

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