Kerry: Poroshenko Should ‘Think Twice’ Before Using Force in Donbass
Following an extensive six hour discussion between US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and President Putin, Kerry stressed that any Ukrainian efforts to seize the Donetsk Airport through force would violate the Minsk Protocol and would face strict opposition from Washington.
On Monday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed to retake Donetsk Airport by whatever means necessary, despite the fact that doing so would directly violate the Minsk deal to move heavy weapons away from the demarcation line.
“I have no doubt,” Poroshenko said during the premier of the documentary “Airport,” “we will free the airport, because it is our land. And we will rebuild the airport.”
It’s not the first time Poroshenko has used aggressive rhetoric. Last month, he also insisted that peace in Ukraine would only come with strict preconditions.
“The war will end when Ukraine regains Donbass and Crimea,” he said in an interview with the STB television channel.