Commenting on the prospects of the self-proclaimed LPR and DPR in an interview with the Russian government-controlled Rossiiskaya Gazeta newspaper, Russia’s top diplomat said that the coordination of actions between the Ukrainian government and the leaders of the two militant organizations was among the mandatory provisions of the Minsk ceasefire agreement signed in February this year, Ukraine Today reports.

Amid rumors of a possible new offensive in the Donbas by Russia-backed insurgents, a number of Western officials have visited Moscow recently for talks with the Russian leaders.

The Kremlin has stubbornly denied military involvement in Ukrainian east, claiming there were no Russian troops on active duty among militants fighting against government forces. However, a large and growing body of evidence shows this not to be the case.

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