"There are no real reasons for the termination of the work of Russian representatives in the JCCC [Joint Center for Control and Coordination in Donbas]. The reasons are exclusively political, the reasons are exclusively provocative – this is Putin's election campaign, during which we do not exclude the intensification of hostilities and military provocations. For this purpose, they're withdrawing their officers from the contact line, and this is really a problem," he said at Kyiv Zhuliany Airport on Thursday during the presentation of a system for handling biometric passports of foreigners and stateless persons.
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"At the same time, I believe we will find mechanisms how to prevent these provocations. In any case, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are ready to defend Ukraine and there will be no concessions," he said.