Donbas destiny is not decided by Russia

Donbas destiny is not decided by Russia

The Russian president has voiced support for the people in Ukraine’s volatile Donabs region, but noted that the future of the violence-ravaged region “is not decided by Russia.”

“Our souls and hearts are with Donbas,” said Vladimir Putin on Saturday.

Putin noted that only “direct” negotiations between the Kiev government and pro-Russia forces can resolve the deadly conflict in eastern Ukraine, urging both sides to cling to the Minsk ceasefire agreements.

“The most important is that there should be established a direct contact” between Kiev and pro-Russians “in order to implement the Minsk agreements,” he said.