In an interview with CNN, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that Moscow wants to make Ukraine part of the Russian Empire.»
«Russia does not need neither Donetsk nor Luhansk, they want all of Ukraine became part of the Russian Empire», — said Poroshenko, adding that Russia’s actions destroyed the post-war security system.
Poroshenko also called for increased sanctions pressure on Russia, because, in his opinion, this will help to keep Russia at the negotiating table». He stated that he sees merit in the adoption of the road map, which will indicate a specific date for the observance of the Minsk agreements.
Earlier, Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to the conflict that erupted in the South-East of Ukraine. However, the West imposed sanctions against Russia, which affected not only private companies and individuals, but also touched entire sectors of the Russian economy. In response, Moscow imposed a ban on the import into Russia of agricultural products from countries that supported anti-Russian sanctions.