If hostilities start in Donbass and a disaster similar to Srebrenica repeats there, no country in the world, including Russia, will stand aside, said the press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov.
“The Ukrainian side – this can be judged by various statements – does not completely reject the idea of a military solution to its own problem with the south-east,” he told reporters.
Peskov noted that the situation on the demarcation line in Ukraine is extremely unstable, and the dynamics of the behavior of the Ukrainian side “in general creates the danger of a resumption of full-scale hostilities.”
“In the event of the outbreak of hostilities and in the event of a potential repetition of a human catastrophe there, similar to Srebrenica, as President Putin has already said, by the way, no country in the world will stand aside. And all countries, including Russia, will take measures to prevent such tragedies from happening again, ”RIA Novosti quotes Peskov.
He stressed that “all civilized countries of the world, European states, in the event of a repetition of Srebrenica in southeastern Ukraine, will do their utmost to counteract this in order to prevent a catastrophe, to avoid mass death, mass murder of people.”
The Kremlin spokesman was asked to explain why the Russian side draws a parallel between the situation in Donbass and the conflict in Yugoslavia in the 1990s.
“On the basis of the uncontrolled actions of various units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, on the basis of the domination of nationalist sentiments, on the basis of inciting absolute hatred towards the population of the self-proclaimed republics, which is potentially fraught with a repetition of such actions that we talked about,” Peskov said.
In December 2019, Russian leader Vladimir Putin expressed the opinion that if Kiev gains control over the border in Donbass without providing guarantees of protection to residents, nationalists can arrange a second Srebrenica there.
According to the deputy head of the administration of the head of state Dmitry Kozak, Russia can defend the residents of Donbass, if forced.