MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Kiev is not willing to end a simmering civil war in eastern Ukraine, as the country’s government reneges on the obligations it has undertaken to establish peace in the region, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev told Sputnik.
"Two years ago Ukraine joined the list of regional hotspots. Washington and Brussels actively assisted in staging an anti-constitutional coup in Kiev," Patrushev said.
"As a result, a simmering civil war is ongoing in the country’s east, with the Ukrainian authorities having no desire to put an end to it, sabotaging the obligations they have undertaken," the Security Council secretary added.
Kiev launched a military operation in Donbass in April 2014, after local residents refused to recognize the new Ukrainian authorities, which came to power as a result of a West-sponsored coup.
Despite the agreement, the ceasefire regime is regularly violated, with both sides accusing each other of multiple breaches, undermining the terms of the accord.