Putin dodges direct answer to question on Russian troops in Donbas, mumbling about "Ukrainian occupiers" instead

16:00, 23 December 2016
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Russian President Vladimir Putin during the press conference chose not to give a direct answer to the question regarding Russia's military presence in the Ukrainian Donbas.


Roman Tsymbaliuk, a UNIAN correspondent in Russia, asked Putin why he had sent troops to Donbas, allegedly to protect the Russian-speaking population, as well as where such move was laid out in Minsk agreements.

Read alsoVladimir Putin asked to release Roman SushchenkoTsymbaliuk also asked Putin whether he understood that once he retired, Ukrainians would continue to perceive Russians as occupiers, since Crimea and part of Donbas had been occupied with the participation of the regular units of the Russian armed forces.

Read alsoLawyer Ivan Pavlov: "In Russia, everything related to Ukraine has been politicized. I believe, they can even find some political overtones in a word "Borshch""You know, it would be great if the Ukrainian army in Donbas was not considered occupiers in their own country," Putin said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Putin explained why the "representatives of Donbas" were not satisfied with the negotiations with Ukraine on the exchange of prisoners.

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