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 Threat of frozen conflict in Donbas persists, - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes the threat of freezing the conflict in the Donbas is still there while traditionally blaming the Ukrainian side on fueling tensions.

"However, there is still a threat of a frozen conflict in the Donbas. This is due to the Kyiv's line, which continues to build up a blockade of country's southeast, banning food and money from the territory, destroying its banking system, and blocking the export," Putin said in an interview with Russian and Turkish media, Censor.NET reports citing RIA Novosti.

Putin emphasized that back in 2014 the sides agreed on not only the truce but also the steps to restore region's activity, including the need to draw up a program of economic revival of the Donbas.

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At the same time, Putin said nothing about both Russia and terrorists systematically violating the key points of the Minsk agreements, unlike Ukraine which has carried out the most important condition - removed weapons from the demarcation line.

In turn, terrorists not only fail to withdraw arms but also continue to regularly attack Ukrainian troops' positions with prohibited weapons.
 
 
 
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