Goncharov: “NATO exercises show an intention to capture Donbass by force”


Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

18th November, 2015


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Large-scale military exercises involving NATO troops, scheduled for Ukraine, shows that Kiev is ready for a military solution to the conflict in the Donbass. This opinion was expressed by an individual who is a member of the public Council of Luhansk, Tikhon Goncharov, when commenting on the President of Ukraine’s decision to pass into law the allowance of military personnel of the USA and Canada to participate in military exercises in Ukraine in November-December of this year. 

In accordance with the document, “units of the armed forces of the United States, other countries participating in NATO and the States-participants of the program “Partnership for peace” will arrive in Ukraine . The total number of foreign military personnel may be up to 2.5 thousand people. They will arrive in Ukraine in late November for up to 61 days. 

According to the plans in the doctrines, 5.3 thousand soldiers will take part. “Today we see that Europe and Russia are set for a political settlement of the conflict in the Donbass, at the same time, the United States continue to supply weapons to Ukraine, but NATO continues to train Ukrainian soldiers,” – said Goncharov. “In these circumstances, the holding of such a mass of doctrines suggests that the Ukrainian government and their American patrons are not interested in a peaceful settlement of the conflict in the Donbas and are preparing for the next attempt to solve it by using military force,” he said. 

According to Goncharov, another important point is “Poroshenko’s desire, in the face of rapid drop of support from the population, to achieve unconditional protection from the US by any means ”. “So in the short term we will see how the current Ukrainian authorities will increasingly be guided by American interests to the detriment of the interests of the people of Ukraine”, – said the expert. “Next year, for example, it was announced in Ukraine that it is a year of  the English language. I wouldn’t be surprised if the subsequent year it will be announced the year of American weapons,” he concluded. 

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