MOSCOW, may 3 – RIA Novosti. Ukrainian gymnast, Olympic champion in 2016 Oleg Verniaiev has been criticized by his countrymen after he refused to reveal the culprit of the war in the Donbass.

In an interview with YouTube channel “Intersport Ukraine” the Verniaiev did not answer the question about why the conflict began in Eastern Ukraine. He also noted that he was sorry for the people who suffer because of this.

Some netizens suggested that the athlete “had a lobotomy”, others called him a “hypocrite and a whiner”, and others accused of “fraternization” with the Russians.

“Well, at least not a civil war, and thanks for that,” said another user.

the Ukrainian Authorities in April 2014 began a military operation against the breakaway LC and the DNI, which declared independence after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. According to the latest UN victims of the conflict were about 13 thousand people. The settlement of the situation in the Donbass is discussed, including during meetings in Minsk the contact group, which from September 2014 adopted three documents regulating the steps to de-escalate the conflict. However, after the armistice agreements between the parties to the conflict continue shooting.

At present, diplomatic relations between Russia and Ukraine is almost frozen. In the Ukrainian legislation for Russia the status of the aggressor.

Ukraine’s Leadership cultivates in the public mind hostile image of Russia, is destroying centuries formed the commonality of the two peoples. Are used for this purpose as a provocation of a military nature (in August and November of 2016 in the Crimea was neutralized Ukrainian subversive group, whose task was to commit terrorist acts on the territory of the Peninsula) and the organization of the international campaign of anti-Russian character.