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Major-General Borys Kremenetskiy, a former Ukrainian envoy to the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) of the ceasefire and stabilization of the demarcation line in eastern Ukraine, says that a military solution to the Donbas problem is out of question as Russia may then intervene openly, according to Ukrainian online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda.

“The [Ukrainian] armed forces are now strong enough to simply oust the groups stationed there. But we are aware of the backwash from the other side,” Kremenetskiy told Ukrainska Pravda in an interview.

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A very reasonable and judicious assessment and conclusion. Any immediate attempt to liberate the Donbass would trigger massive Russian intervention - not because Russia is so interested in holding on to Donbass, but because it could not afford showing itself to have been defeated by Ukraine or to have failed its wards - the separatists.

In due time the government in Russia may change and the new government will have no strong reason to maintain the policies of its predecessor as regards Donbass. It could chose to withdraw their troops. Or the current government may decide on some face-saving solution that would appear as if they had achieved their objectives. In either case, time will bring a favorable conclusion, but Ukrainians must be patient, continue to build up their military strength and cause as much damage as possible to enemy forces from behind their lines, while investing ever more in life-saving fortifications and medical support to minimize the human cost.

But, under no circumstances, should Ukraine turn its back on Donbass as has been proposed by Pinchuk. Ceding its claim to Donbass would give Russia a carte blanche to bring up its military forces, its propaganda, its staging areas, and its security services to within a few miles of Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, and Zhaporizha. And if Ukraine failed to make a stand at its current borders, why should it make a stand at any of these three? How many citizens, in these three oblasts would want to face up to Russia given Kyiv's faint-heartedness towards Donbass?

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