"What?! It's a grave error which can lead to serious consequences," Butusov writes commenting on the possibility. "Legalizing Russian servicemen in the territory of Ukraine under the guise of OSCE observers will lead to a complete repetition of the South Ossetia scenario," he commented on the news.
"That is, at any time the Russians under the guise of "peacekeepers" will be able to attack our troops, and in case of return fire the Kremlin will call their "troops on vacation" participants in "peace mission." The terrorists will openly work together with the Russian military, and continue attacks and provocations from behind the Russian military," Butusov noted.
"If we allow deployment of Russian military mission in the Donbas territory, we will do everything for the further escalation of the war. None of the Russian peacekeeping missions in the CIS has led to peace - the Russian army always got involved into military actions. Patrolling the demilitarized zone should be conducted exclusively by the OSCE patrols or even better - by the UN blue helmets, where management is conducted by Americans and Europeans, who also constitute a majority," he stated.
"Why did Ukraine constantly ask for US and the EU mediation in the negotiations, if the adherence to the armistice will be monitored by the Russian troops? If the decision on joint patrolling of the demilitarized zone comes into force, we will turn the war from European and world security problem to Russian-Ukrainian relations problem. Russia will get priority rights to control the cease-fire. The Russians will shoot at our troops and immediately make statements on behalf of the control commission that the fire was opened by the Ukrainian military," Butusov said.
"The control commission shall have military from the United States and the European Union - only then the presence of Russians is admissible. And they should be not under the control of their criminal command, but real international mediators and guarantors of Ukrainian security," he concluded.