Ex-professor of Moscow State University fired for the criticism of the authorities’ actions, Andrey Zubov declared to the GORDON that he finds it difficult to give a definite answer to the question whether Ukraine must seek a truce or continue attacks.
"It is a very difficult question. Attacks suggest many victims, and I am afraid that Ukraine and its nation will not able to stand such a big number of the wounded and the killed. On the other hand, the current truce is a mere imitation of truce and people are killed anyway, though they are not so many. It is a constant plague anyway," Zubov believes.
"I think that, in the first place, international methods of conflict settlement should be used and pressure upon Russia should be strengthened in order to establish real peace in Southeast Ukraine. As Piotr Poroshenko said repeatedly, there is no military solution to this problem and a peaceful solution will have to be sought after anyway. The more blood is shed the more difficult it will be to establish peace, the more families will feel hatred towards one another. It is a very tragic question and it has no definite answer. On the one hand, all enemy’s attacks must be repelled, on the other hand, peaceful ways of conflict settlement through international structures should be sought after," the scholar noted.
According to Andrey Zubov, Russia is not prepared for a full-fledged military invasion into Ukraine.
"I suppose that Russia is not prepared to move in troops. I also believe that it was not by chance that this message was expressed by Sergey Markov as an absolutely unserious and unrespected person in Russia. If it unleashes a full-fledged war, full-flown sanctions will be imposed, too. In the first place, sanctions against the rouble convertibility, therefore, use of the international payment system will be disrupted and the country will collapse," Zubov reported.
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