Kiev representatives have left the talks of the contact group for the conflict settlement in the Donbass following appropriate instructions from the United States, experts say.
"Kiev doesn't have an independent strategy in the talks. The Kiev authorities are completely dependent on the United States and partly on the EU. The EU needs to solve the Ukrainian crisis as soon as possible, as it causes critical damage to the EU. The United States does not have such problems. America, on the contrary, wants to help Ukraine to create as many problems for Russia. This is where contradictions come from. The EU is putting pressure on Kiev to implement Minsk-2, which makes it possible to stabilize the situation," President of the Center for Systems Analysis and Forecasting, Rostislav Ishchenko, told the Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Pravda.Ru reports.
At the same time, "the United States forces Kiev to suicidal provocations in a hope that they will get Russia involved in the conflict sooner or later. If they fail to do that officially, then they will break Ukraine apart to leave the scorched land for Russia," the expert said.
The Kiev government is absolutely impotent and does not decide anything. Moreover, Ukrainian top officials do not even control their own lives, the expert concluded.
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