Putin and Poroshenko “war”
Vl-news.com, 2015-04-02. This was claimed in an article published on February 3 in the newspaper The Financial Times.
The publication notes that Poroshenko did that in order to reach a truce with the pro-Russian forces because at the time the Ukrainian army was suffering defeat and was forced to retreat. According to the FT, the Ukrainian leader promised to make public the information that Russian military was involved in the fighting in the east of the country.
Poroshenko was planning to do that, in particular, by posting on the Internet the information on soldiers tokens that have been removed from the killed or taken prisoner Russian soldiers. Moreover, he allegedly promised to notify close relatives of Russian soldiers about their fate. The journalists of the FT note that after that the Kremlin influenced the pro-Russian forces and as a result a truce agreement was reached. When and under what circumstances a conversation between the two presidents took place was not specified.
Kiev and the Western countries have repeatedly accused Moscow of supporting Donbass militias, and of escalating the conflict in eastern Ukraine. According to the Ukrainian authorities, Russia does not only provide them with weapons, but also sends there its troops and military equipment. Moscow denies all the accusations calling them false and unsubstantiated.
In late January, Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko admitted that regular units of the Russian army do not participate in the battles in the Donbass. At the same time, he noted that “individual citizens of the Russian Federation and the Russian Army soldiers” do fight in the east.
The Minsk Agreement, the main point of which was an agreement about an immediate ceasefire in the east of Ukraine, was signed on September 5, 2014. Despite the declared cease fire, the agreement has been repeatedly violated. In mid-January in the Donbass active hostilities were resumed.