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“I understand this will be hard to do—perhaps an American innovator could have done it. Yet of course [Zelensky] would refuse, ” states Shinzo Abe.

Russia began the special military procedure in Ukraine on 24 February, following a request for the help of the Donbass republics. The latter had been suffering from Ukrainian bombardment over the past eight years since Kiev delayed the execution of the 2015 Minsk contracts.

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has suggested within an interview with The Economist the fact that Russian special military procedure in Ukraine might have been avoided if Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had done some of the things that Moscow have been insisting on for years.

Shinzo Abe specified that Zelensky should have made a promise that Ukraine won’t  join NATO   and should have given the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR plus LPR) a high degree of autonomy. The latter was specified in the Minsk agreements, which were agreed upon in 2015 and essentially designed as a roadmap for the reintegration of the DPR and LPR back into Ukraine.

At the same time, the former Japanese prime minister admitted that will Zelensky was unlikely to undertake any of those things.

“ I understand this would be hard to do— perhaps an American head could have done it. But of course [Zelensky] would refuse”.

The ex-prime minister pressured that the only thing that will remains now, in his opinion, is to support Ukraine and  oppose   the Russian special operation there. He further suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin “ believes in power and is a realist at the same time” and will not have to get making sacrifices for values and ideas only.

Putin ordered the launch of the special procedure in Ukraine on 24 February following a request for the help of the DPR and LPR. The latter had been suffering because of Ukrainian military attacks in the last eight years, despite Kiev signing the Minsk agreements seven years ago; these were in order to serve as a roadmap regarding ending the conflict plus reintegrating the Donbass areas.

Under these agreements both parties were to withdraw troops from the line of open fire and engage in talks on conducting fair elections in Donbass to elect local authorities. Kiev was also to pass laws solidifying the Donbass’ unique status in Ukraine along with wide autonomy that would shield the interests of the nearby population, specifically the right to use the Russian language, that the majority speaks.

However , the DPR plus LPR repeatedly accused Ukraine of stalling the process plus failing to pass the necessary laws and regulations through the parliament. Kiev, subsequently, repeatedly hinted that the Minsk agreements should be scrapped. Regardless of the Kremlin’s repeated protests, none of the Western countries publicly opposed Kiev’s comments about the Minsk agreements.

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