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    April 18, 2017

    "Burn Crimea and Donbass to the ground" - Ukrainian Colonel

    April 18th, 2017 - Fort Russ News -

    The Ukraine will not be able to end the Donbass conflict via political means, "because they hate us, and we have them."

    This comes from an interview in Ukrainian media with Colonel Vsevolod Steblyuk, formerly part of "ATO". He added that in order to "free the occupied territories" of the Donbass and the Crimea - they needed to burn it to the ground.

    When the journalist asked how to "free" the Ukrainian people on the occupied territories - Steblyuk replied that those who chose to stay there, do not want to be liberated. 

    "I speak to many people, journalists and residents of DPR and LPR, and for the most part they are happy with what's going on there. They think they are heroes." - says Steblyuk. No diplomatic solution to the conflict is possible according to the Colonel. 

    "To take the occupied territories by force would eventuate in a large amount of casualties." [In order to 'liberate' the areas, Steblyuk used the Russian word of "zachistka" which in it's literal sense means 'to sweep away fully'. It's closest English equivalent only leaves me with "genocide" ?]

    Steblyuk continued that this would be in line with "Kremlin methods" - "In the very same way that Russians did it in Chechnya, burning it to the ground." The statement is not even remotely true. 

    "But the world would not understand us, if we did it..." he added, similarly confused as to the capabilities of the Ukrainian army.

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