Vice Prime Minister on the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov called the period of the return of certain regions of Donetsk and Lugansk regions. This is reported by “NV”.
In his opinion, safe reintegration will take at least 25 years after the restoration of control by the Ukrainian authorities would take a generation to overcome “the destruction of the discord in the minds that there is.”
“There were born children who do not know what a free Ukraine, and today you’re going to school. Therefore, it is a long time in any case and we need to prepare for it,” — said the politician.
Reznikov called the residents of the breakaway Donetsk and Lugansk national republics (DND and LNR) “fully conscious children, who in 20 years hate Ukraine and want to live in the Soviet Union”.
“Ukraine should be prepared to ensure that safe reintegration is a long time. It safe is my red line. Even if tomorrow we will hold elections in the territories, and this means that they will be free from occupation troops and there will be no illegal armed groups will be waving Ukrainian flags — this area will long remain a war zone. Both from the point of view of mining, and the mentality of the people,” he concluded.
The armed conflict in the Donbas continues for more than six years. In April 2014, the Ukrainian authorities began a military operation against DND and LNR, which declared independence from Kiev after a violent change of the Central government. Ukraine accuses Russia of occupation of part of the Donbass and the support of separatism. Moscow rejects claims of Kiev.