Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

STATEMENT OF NATALIA NIKONOROVA IN CONNECTION WITH KIEV'S INITIATIVE TO HOLD AN EXTRAORDINARY CONTACT GROUP MEETING

18 February 2022
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According to the DPR Representative Office in the JCCC, the situation on the contact line has sharply escalated: over the past two days, 58 ceasefire violations have already been recorded, including 39 of them with the use of artillery, tanks, mortars and anti-tank systems. In total, 327 shells and mines of various calibers were fired in the direction of the frontline Republican regions. Such a high average daily rate of ceasefire violations was recorded more than a year ago. At the moment, the situation remains tense: our units are forced to return fire.

Against this background, the Ukrainian media and those supporting the Kiev regime are constantly issuing “loud” reports about our alleged aggression and its consequences, whipping up information hysteria.

After that, official Kiev comes up with the initiative of an urgent extraordinary meeting of the Contact and working group on security issues, traditionally not supported by any specific practical measures to prevent fire.

The sequence of the Ukrainian side actions makes obvious the scenario it had thought out in advance: arrange an escalation, blame us for it and come up with a “peacekeeping” initiative. And here the main question is: why?

What is the purpose of the participants to gather for an extraordinary meeting if Kiev has not changed either its official rhetoric regarding the unacceptability of negotiations with us, or its positions on fundamental issues on the security agenda, on which the OSCE coordinator has been stating the differences of the parties for more than a year.

In this regard, we consider it absolutely pointless to support the Ukrainian militaristic PR campaign fueled by the West. If you want peace and quiet, don't shoot!