“Unfortunately, President Poroshenko decided to resume hostilities. And we could not – I mean ourselves and our colleagues from Europe – could not convince him that the road to a reliable, durable, lasting peace can not be through war “, – Putin said Tuesday at a meeting with diplomats. According to the Russian leader, up to this point Poroshenko had “no direct responsibility for the orders to open fire.” But now, the Ukrainian president took both political and military responsibility for the military atrocities in his country.
The Russian president also promised to continue providing assistance to refugees from Ukraine. “Everything that is happening in Ukraine certainly is an internal affair of the Ukrainian state but we are painfully sorry that people are dying, the civilian population”, – said Putin. According to him, the Russian side intends to continue to assist those in need.
The decision to start a military operation was made originally by interim President of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov in mid-April. On the night of June 1, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko announced the termination of the truce and ordered the army to resume military operation in the east of the country, which has been going on for over two months. During this time, the number of victims of the conflict reached several hundred people, including civilians.