Risk of frozen conflict in Donbas really exists – president

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has suggested that the threat of a frozen conflict in Donbas really exists.
He said this at a press conference on Monday, an Ukrinform correspondent reported.
“As for the freezing of the conflict, indeed, such a risk exists, and we are doing everything we can to prevent it. We are making every effort to fight for every Ukrainian citizen who stayed there and does not support separatism… We created a weekly staff, and the agenda of this staff includes the issue of preventing a frozen conflict scenario,” Poroshenko said.
He said that “if there are no Ukrainian authorities on those areas, there is also no funding there,” so fighters cannot ensure the effective management of the territory. “The only thing they can count on is funding from Russia,” he added.
“But this is not Transdniestria, and this is not Ossetia. These are four million people living in a very complex region. Therefore, once the border is closed, there will be no reason for the conflict there,” Poroshenko said.

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