Attack? then don't complain if you end up retreating to Kiev -- Zakharchenko
5 August, 2016
Translated by Tom Winter August 6, 2016
The head of the DNI said that Ukraine's army has been preparing to attack, and assured that there will not be a "Minsk III."
If the Ukrainian authorities decide to forget about the Minsk agreements and attack the Donbass, then they should not complain, if they end up retreating to Kiev. This was stated by the head of the Donetsk People's Republic Alexander Zakharchenko.
"The reports from our intelligence are that on the other side of the front line everything is ready for an assault. From the political point of view - the undermining of the Minsk process will be from the side of Kiev. Furthermore, a Kiev offensive wil close the Minsk process," Zakharchenko writes on his website.
He believes that, in the current difficult situation in Ukraine, another turn at war may be the only way for Poroshenko to stay in power.
"That is, the whole thing goes to the fact that Poroshenko, like a cornered rat, will rush into the Donbass. Maybe he himself, or perhaps by proxy. For example, give the command to the destroyer battalions to provoke renewed conflict, and then he will blame them for it. But the result will be the same - war," said Zakharchenko.
"We do not want war, because we - as opposed to those who live in the former Ukraine - know that it is not like on TV. But if Kiev will attack us, once again, I can tell you one thing - no complaining afterwards, if you retreat to Kiev: there will not be a "Minsk III," said Alexander Zakharchenko
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