Ex-Ambassador: Kiev will not be able to return Donbas by force

Экс-посол: Киев не сможет вернуть Донбасс силой

Former US Ambassador and expert on Ukraine and Russia in Washington, Steven Pifer

The expert suggested that Russia will not dare a step, which may entail a new round of sanctions and support of Ukraine from the West.

The escalation of the conflict in the Donbas should not wait, however, and the forces of the Ukrainian army to end the conflict will fail, said former US Ambassador and expert on Ukraine and Russia in Washington, Steven Pifer, in an interview with the New times.

“The Ukrainian military and the government understand that you will not be able to return Donbas by force. If they try, the Russian military will enter at the Donbass much bigger. In this case, the Russian military, for example, will be able to take Mariupol,” – said the expert.

Pifer recalled that the Russian army is strong, well equipped and exceeds the number of Ukrainian troops. However, the former US Ambassador suggested that Russia will not dare a step, which may entail a new round of sanctions and support of Ukraine from the West.

“Active conflict undermines the actions of the Ukrainian government, and putting pressure on the government, and complicates Ukraine’s success – both economic and political,” – said Pifer.

Previously, he said that President Petro Poroshenko in a hurry says the entry of Ukraine into NATO.

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