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Ukraine to return Donbas peacefully within 12 months – Ukrainian President

According to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine will regain control within 12 months over parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions occupied by illegal armed groups
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“Ukraine will peacefully return Donbas within a year,” Poroshenko said in an interview with the Turkish TV channel TRT World, the Ukrainian presidential administration wrote on its Twitter account on Thursday evening, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Interfax-Ukraine.

The president also noted that in contrast to Russia, Ukraine observes its obligations under the Minsk agreement.

“Stage one of the Minsk agreement is the ceasefire. Ukraine complies with its obligations. Ukraine has withdrawn its heavy weapons, Russia has not,” the statement reads.

As reported, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was on an official visit to Turkey on March 9-10.

“Turkey has not recognized the illegal annexation of Crimea, and it is not going to do so,” – said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a joint press conference with Ukrainian President in Ankara after bilateral negotiations.