Nikolai Patrushev, the Secretary of the Security Council of Russia, said that the Russian government did not much encourage its soldiers to fight against the Ukrainian Army in the Donbas, but it was difficult to prevent it because of the historical closeness of the two nations, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the Russian media.
"We do not call on to do it (to become volunteers and go to the Donbas – Ed.) and do not encourage it. But it is impossible to prevent this. After all, two million refugees from Ukraine have come to Russia for a reason – they have relatives and friends here. They tell them about the atrocities that are taking place there. And then emotions do its part: people go there and participate (in the fighting – Ed.)," he said in an interview with Kommersant.
According to him, the conflict in the Donbas "can be resolved without a civil war, if the Minsk agreements are executed, but they are not fulfilled."
"Today, in Ukraine, even members of one family often take diametrically opposed positions and have quarrels. It is a civil conflict. We are ready to provide support to the Ukrainian refugees – who, by the way, are not hosted neither in the EU nor in the U.S. – but it's inexpedient to go into the civil conflict," said the Secretary of the Security Council of Russia.