(News 24h) – The Kremlin talks about the idea of merging the Donbass region of Russian-speaking Ukraine into the Russian Federation.
The situation in eastern Ukraine has long caught the attention of Western public opinion after Russia’s annexation of Crimea has seceded from Ukraine and declared itself an independent territory.
|Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov|
Most notably, although this is still a separatist zone from the Ukrainian government in Kiev, it receives regular Russian humanitarian assistance.
Recently, the editor-in-chief of Rossiya Segodnya Margarita Simonyan news agency called on Russia to annex these territories into Russia at the “Donbass of Russia” forum held this week.
But speaking at a meeting on 29/1, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the country had no plans to annex the Donbass region of Ukraine into Russian territory.
According to Peskov, Russia is currently focusing on protecting Russian-speaking Ukrainians in separatist areas from the government in Kiev as a humanitarian aid.
“Russia has a very responsible position in its efforts to assist Ukraine in resolving its internal crisis [sáp nhập Donbass- ND] not on the agenda “- Mr. Peskov confirmed.
The press secretary of the Russian President stated: “Russia has agreed on a responsible position to protect the rights of the Russian-speaking people in Donbass and will continue to protect the Russians”.
When asked on what terms Russia would be willing to annex Donbass, Peskov reiterated: “This issue is not on the agenda directly or indirectly.”
According to a Kremlin spokesperson, the “Russian Donbass” forum is an ordinary forum sharing different and objective views.
Donbass “has always been a Russian-speaking region of Ukraine, where there are always many Russians living there, which is an evident fact recorded in all census,” Peskov said.
Donbass is a part of eastern Ukraine, made up of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Since April 2014, both regions are under the control of two separate self-claimed republics.
All UN member states, including Russia, consider Donbass to be part of Ukraine.
In the past six and a half years, thousands of people have been killed. Many Donbass residents decide to move to other parts of Ukraine or abroad. Many Donbass have successfully registered Russian citizenship to enjoy better rights and job opportunities in Russia.
Russia insists it is not part of the conflict in southeastern Ukraine, but the Kremlin has been accused by Ukraine of sending troops and supplies to separatist areas. Moscow has repeatedly asserted that its support in Donbass is only humanitarian assistance.
In December 2020, at the year-end annual press conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed that Russia plans to scale up support for Donbass by providing additional humanitarian assistance to the region.
On January 27, the RIA Novosti news agency reported that Russia intends to give the Sputnik V vaccine to Donbass to help the region fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the context of Kiev not recognizing the Russian vaccine and has not yet received the vaccine. at any pharmaceutical company.
The first doses of Sputnik V will be sent to these two autonomous republics in Ukraine in the last days of January 2021.
In early January, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister confirmed that Kiev would not accept Moscow’s offer of aid to deliver the Sputnik V shipments, although the vaccine was actively negotiated by members of the Ukrainian opposition to grant people. people of Ukraine.
Speaking to 1 + 1 television channel, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said “Sputnik V’s propaganda capacity far exceeds its true capacity and effectiveness” and that the vaccine “was simply used to score points. politic”.
Ukraine participates in the international COVAX outreach initiative and will provide about 8 million free doses, likely by the end of Q1 / 2021. But this means that only 4 million out of the 30-35 million Ukrainians have received the standard vaccine.
Kiev is waiting for deliveries of 1.9 million doses of China’s Sinovac Biotech vaccine, which were signed by the end of 2020.