Russia recalls its observers from Donbas to blame Ukraine for breaching truce, - Defense Minister Poltorak

The withdrawal of the Russian officers from the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the cease-fire in the Donbas (JCCC) has been staged to accuse Ukraine of violating the truce.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Interfax-Ukraine, Ukraine’s Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak told journalists before the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

"We saw Russia’s true colors after the withdrawal. Why has Russia made such a decision? In order to accuse us of violating the cease-fire, although, that’s what they actually expect us to while being the ones who constantly breach the truce," he said.

The minister stressed that Ukraine’s Armed Forces were ready for the changing situation.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry earlier said that the Russian members of the JCCC will leave Ukraine on Dec. 19. The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called the withdrawal of the Russian observers a provocation and an attempt to dodge the responsibility.

The agency expressed indignation over the unilateral decision of the Russian Federation, as a party to the conflict, to withdraw its monitors considering it as "a provocation that substantially undermines the Minsk agreements and the desire to exempt itself from liability for the consequences of the armed aggression against our state."

Both Ukrainian and Russian observers of the JCCC left the areas of the Donbas temporarily occupied by the militants Dec. 7.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3040457