Wednesday, October 12 2016 20:48 EEST
Putin for the first time acknowledges Russia`s involvement in Donbas conflict: We were forced to protect Russian-speaking people in Donbas
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Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Moscow had to protect the Russian-speaking population in Donbas and Crimea, which could be seen as his confirmation that the Kremlin is involved in the war in Ukraine's East. Putin made this statement during investment forum ‘Russia calls!'.

'I have to stress, we were forced to protect the Russian-speaking population in Donbas, were forced to react to Crimean people's desire to return to Russia', he said, reports

Putin also accused the United States of 'financing' Maidan.

'Our American partners don't really hide they were mostly behind this, they were financing the radical opposition, and led to the unconstitutional change of the government, even though Yanukovych had signed all demands and had been ready to hold extra election', the Russian President claimed.

He also said that situation in Donbas would not progress without Ukraine's implementation of the political section of the Minsk agreements.

Early Gerashchenko claimed that EU formula "First elections, then borders" differs from Ukraine`s position.

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