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Donbass residents are willing to return to the region under the control of official Ukrainian authorities. With such statement in interview to “Voice of America” was made by the special representative of the US state Department on Ukraine Kurt Volker.
After talking with residents of the Kiev-controlled parts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, Walker came to the conclusion that they all want. “It is completely contrary to the Kremlin’s rhetoric,” said Walker.
“Interestingly, they all spoke in Russian. This, apparently, ethnic Russians. All of them live here, and they all say that most important is peace and that the territory must return to Ukraine. They very clearly stated. When we hear from the Russian authorities that the Russian-speaking population is against Ukraine feels threatened that this ethnic conflict, all these things are obviously not so” — said the representative of the state Department.
Kurt Volker was in the Donbas on may 15. During his visit, he met with the commander of the operation joint forces, Lieutenant-General Sergey Nevim. At the same time to visit the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people’s Republic Walker refused, saying that he would like to visit Donetsk and Lugansk, when the city back under control of Kiev.
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