"In fact, the situation was quite tense and serious in the Donbas conflict zone this year. This was due to the formation of the Russian grouping in the Anti-Terrorist Operation zone. As of today, there are about 40,000 servicemen there, of which 5,000 are regular Russian troops," he said.
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"Of course, with this military build-up, it was very difficult to talk about peace, especially with those who do not wish to fulfill the Minsk agreements or is very aggressively against Ukraine," he said.