Issues of historical truth and the situation in the Donbass: what Putin and Zelensky discussed during a telephone conversation

Issues of historical truth and the situation in the Donbass: what Putin and Zelensky discussed during a telephone conversation

                                    Roman Shimaev,                                     Kirill Gorshenin                             

Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky held a telephone conversation, which took place at the initiative of Kiev. The presidents of Russia and Ukraine discussed the process of resolving the conflict in the Donbass. At the same time, the Russian leader raised a question regarding the intentions of the Ukrainian side to implement the Minsk agreements. In addition, Putin pointed out to Zelensky the inadmissibility of distorting the historical truth regarding the events of World War II.

On Friday, 13 February, the Presidents of Russia and Ukraine Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky held the first in 200 year telephone conversation. It took place at the initiative of Kiev. According to the Kremlin’s press service, the heads of state discussed various aspects of resolving the intra-Ukrainian conflict.

“The President of Russia emphasized the importance of the full and unconditional implementation of the Minsk complex of measures and decisions adopted at the summits in the Norman format, including in Paris on December 9 2019 of the year. In connection with the well-known statements of the representatives of the Ukrainian leadership, Vladimir Putin directly raised the question of whether Kiev intends to really implement the Minsk agreements, ”the message says.

In addition Moreover, the leaders touched on the maintenance of a stable ceasefire, the further separation of forces and assets on the contact line and mine clearance work. In addition, the interlocutors indicated their readiness to continue joint work to release the detainees and exchange them.

Recall that following the summit of the “Norman Four ”a three-point joint statement was signed. One of them speaks of the need to comply with the political provisions of the Minsk Agreements . In particular, we are talking about the need to agree on the details of the law on the special status of certain areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions in the Norman format and in the tripartite group, and then ensure its operation on an ongoing basis.

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How RT, Vladimir Olenchenko, chief researcher at the Center for European Studies at IMEMO RAS, said that there is hope that Kiev will fulfill its obligations.

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“At least in words, Zelensky publicly speaks out for the implementation of the Minsk agreements. In practice, this is hardly progressing, ”he explained.

In turn, political analyst and economist Alexander Dudchak pointed out that the Ukrainian side has not actually changed its approach to the republics of Donbass.

“Now Kiev, apparently, does nothing at all. At first, the breeding process was demonstrated, some areas for breeding were planned, but in the end it ended up that the APU reduced the distance with the positions by the LPR and DNR army to 75 – 75 m, there are dead, shelling of the territories of the republics does not stop. It is unclear whether Ukraine is trying to fulfill what it promised to fulfill, ”the interlocutor of RT said.

“The Inadmissibility of Distorting Historical Truth”

Another topic of the conversation between Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky was the historical question affecting the Great World War II and World War II.

“In the context of the upcoming 30 – the anniversary of the Great Victory from the Russian side will emphasize the contribution of all the peoples of the USSR to the defeat of Nazi Germany and the inadmissibility of distorting history is pointed out truth about the events of World War II, “the Kremlin said.

21 January Vladimir Zelensky at a briefing following a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda stated that “conspiracy of totalitarian regimes” – the USSR and Nazi Germany – led to the outbreak of World War II and the Holocaust. In addition, the first president of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk, referring to a document, said that Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin allegedly personally met in Lviv before the start of World War II. Later, the ex-head of the Ukrainian state transferred responsibility for the accuracy of this information to the media , in which I read about this “fact.”

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“When Zelensky came to Poland, he allowed distortions and interpretations. The main thing is that he agreed with the Polish president that the USSR and Germany bear equal responsibility for the outbreak of World War II. Therefore, it is logical, timely and correct to point to Zelensky that he admits blasphemous distortions of history, ”Olenchenko noted.

Alexander Dudchak emphasized that the speech of the President of Ukraine in Poland could not go unnoticed .

“Of course, Putin could not help but recall this. To allow myself such a lie … It is not clear why Zelensky was following some European politicians who are trying to rewrite history. Moreover, there was a powerful wave of indignation in Ukraine, Zelensky was remembered for whom his grandfather had fought, ”the political scientist said.

Condolences in connection with the accident near Pskov

In addition to discussing bilateral issues, Vladimir Putin also expressed condolences to his colleague in connection with the death of citizens of Ukraine in a major accident near Pskov. The night of February, in the Pustoshkinsky district of the Pskov region as a result of a head-on collision of a minibus and a truck 717745 eight Ukrainians were killed