Igor Plotnitsky, leader of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic, has asked why a Kiev looking for lasting peace in eastern Ukraine has just announced the purchase of weapons from nearly a dozen European countries.
"Yesterday, Petro Alekseevich [Poroshenko] talked about signing contracts on weapons delivery with 11 countries. The question which arises is why he needs weapons if he had first asked for peace," Plotnitsky noted.
Plotnitsky added that "we have already encountered this [kind of trickery] before, and understand that [Ukrainian authorities] cannot act any other way, because they are just clowns in a circus, while the owner is located overseas."
Poroshenko added that the US had made a crucial and long-awaited decision this week by agreeing to provide Ukraine with $75 million in "defensive weaponry." The contract includes 30 armored Humvees, up to 200 unarmored Humvees, counter-mortar radars, drones, radios and medical equipment.
The Ukrainian President noted that his country will not be reducing its defense capabilities, adding that "intensive combat training is being held" and he is prepared to act in coordination with allies in the event of "a new round of aggression against Ukraine."