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Statement by Oleg Akimov, Union of Compatriots of the Luhansk Region

Oleg Akimov

Feb 24, 2022

Dear countrymen, compatriots!

Ukraine has been deliberately carrying out the genocide of the inhabitants of Donbass for the eighth year already. The Minsk agreements signed by Ukraine and approved by the UN Security Council, are being sabotaged by Ukraine from the first days of their signing, Ukraine has not fully complied with a single point from the Minsk agreements. Instead of a peaceful settlement, Ukraine continues the constant shelling of the Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics with one goal - to destroy infrastructure and kill civilians.

In recent days, we have seen a powerful military escalation of the situation, and we call on the Ukrainian authorities to strictly implement the Minsk agreements, call on official Kiev to stop the genocide of the inhabitants of Donbass, and call on the world community to reason with Ukraine to fulfill the Minsk agreements and Ukraine's obligations. We call on Ukraine to sit down at the negotiating table for a peaceful settlement together with the leadership of the Luhansk People's Republic and the Donetsk People's Republic.

The announced evacuation of the civilian population in the LPR and DPR is a forced measure. We all remember the terrible events of 2014, when Ukrainian troops and armed groups cynically killed civilians and destroyed infrastructure under the complete silence of European and International human rights organizations. Such double standards on the part of many European and International human rights institutions have led to hundreds of thousands of crippled destinies and hundreds of destroyed social infrastructure. Only thanks to Russia and its humanitarian assistance, the Republics of Donbass were able to withstand the Ukrainian neo-fascist aggression and continue their development as sovereign independent states. We are for peace! No to war!

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