"I will mention a statement of the now official representatives of Kyiv, like Dmytro Yarosh, who publicly stated that they will take away the east of Ukraine from separatists and terrorists. These people, who want to live the way they used to in their own land, are officially declared terrorists, they are being hunted, there are bill-boards put up throughout Ukraine with explanation of how to identify separatists, those who want to live their own way, not the Ukrainian ones, with articles of the Criminal Code, which punishes separatism for a term of imprisonment of seven to 12 years," he said during a press conference on Monday.
"That is, an atmosphere of rejection of culture of the people living in the east of Ukraine is constantly created. Look at the package of laws on decommunisation (prohibition of Communism as well as Nazism, which Lavrov failed to mention - ed.) and glorification of Nazi collaborators. How can they even talk about the fact that Ukraine will always be a unitary state, how will people in Eastern Ukraine glorify Bandera? This will never happen," Lavrov said.