President Zelensky doesn't want frozen conflict in Donbas, warns against Transnistrian scenario

20:32, 10 October 2019
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"I wouldn't really want the conflict in Donbas to become frozen, I wouldn't really want us to have a kind of Transnistria or Abkhazia there," he said during a press event in Kyiv on Thursday when asked about scenarios, including a frozen conflict in Donbas, if a Normandy summit fails to reach an agreement.

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Zelensky said he would not exclude such a scenario. "And what is happening there now? Now we virtually have a Transnistria there ... The only difference between temporarily occupied Donbas and Transnistria or Abkhazia today is that shots are fired there [in eastern Ukraine], that's it. But physically it doesn't matter whether we are going to have a fence or a mine field... That is, if there are no relations and we don't recognize that is a separate territory, it will be a Transnistria. I wouldn't want that, I wouldn't really want it," the president said.

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