Kiev is not planning a military operation in the Donbas

Киев не планирует силовую операцию на Донбассе

The Minister of defence of Ukraine told about the plans for the return of the occupied territories.

In an interview with Deutsche Welle, the Minister of defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak said that Kyiv is not planning to return the control of individual districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk region by military means.

But he did not rule out new provocations from Russia. About this Poltorak said on Tuesday, may 16, in Berlin, where the Minister met with German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen.

“We do not consider the question of solving the problem of the seizure of the territory of Donetsk and Lugansk by force. But every citizen of Ukraine (…) will defend every inch of their land, if Russia takes the decision to open aggression,” – said Poltorak.

He noted that the violation of the ceasefire and the Minsk agreements – on the conscience of Russia, in particular because of the supply of military equipment to the separatists.

“We are convinced that Donetsk and Luhansk – the territory of Ukraine”, – said the Minister and announced a number of important decisions of the government and the President to return beyond the control of the regions and annexed Crimea under the jurisdiction of Ukraine.

Concrete steps, however, Poltorak is not called.

Earlier, Stepan Poltorak met with representatives of the U.S. Congress, where told about the reform of the army.

In balakliia was undermining vault – Poltorak