Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine
It is not possible to take back Donbas because the President – Commander in Chief Petro Poroshenko – is “against” it. The Commander of the Donbas Battalion, an MP and first Deputy Head of the Committee on National Security and Defense, Semen Semenchenko, stated this in an interview with Glavkom.
“Because the Commander in Chief is ‘against’ [it]. He [has] said: we have an ATO. Although, speaking in Australia, he said that this is a war. I still don’t understand which line he is following. I believe that we have a war. We will register legislative changes in this regard also,” – said Semenchenko.
According to him, to “take back” Donbas, international support is needed.
“We need to create truly professional units in the east. We need to tighten the defenses, to plug the holes made by corruption. The falling oil prices also play a role, when the people of Russia will raise their heads in fight against the Kremlin junta,” – said the MP.
The battalion commander believes that retaking Donbas is possible within one year: “this is for the whole process, starting from the creation of the army, to closing the corruption loopholes, and finishing with the actual combat operations.”
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