Russian Foreign Ministry: Ukraine is preparing to return the Donbas using military means

The Russian Foreign Ministry believes that Ukrainian authorities are preparing for a power struggle to secure the return of the Donbas, according to the State Secretary and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Grigory Karasin, as stated in an interview with TASS.

According to him, "those activities carried out by the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the vicinity of the contact line, including the rotation of the military and the strengthening of military components, are saying that, apparently, military actions are not being excluded."

Earlier, the Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko, said that Ukraine will regain control over some of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions during the year.

"Ukraine will peacefully return the Donbas region within one year," Poroshenko said, as reported on the Twitter page of the President's Administration.

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