"Ten thousand fighters": what threatens Biletsky Zelensky

The leader of the Azov regiment, Andrei Biletsky, threatened Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to "throw ten thousand soldiers into the Golden." He accused the head of the country of "surrendering a vast territory." According to the leader of the nationalists, the militants will remain in Zolotoy because they "earned this right to opinion with their blood."

"Ten thousand fighters": what threatens Biletsky Zelensky

The commander of the Ukrainian nationalist regiment "Azov" Andrey Biletsky threatened the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky. On his YouTube channel, the nationalist leader said he would transfer thousands of his supporters to Zolotoye.

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“If you decide to fulfil your threats - throw out veterans from here, then instead of a few tens of people there will be a thousand their next week, and if you don't leave a thousand, there will be ten thousand,” Biletsky emphasized.

He also accused Zelensky of "surrendering a vast territory" in the Donbas. According to him, the Azov fighters will remain in Zolotoy because they "earned the right to their own opinion with their blood."

On a school day, when the parties to the conflict in Donbas were supposed to start the withdrawal of forces from the contact line, fighters of the Ukrainian volunteer regiment "Azov", contrary to the Minsk agreements, occupied the village of Zolotoye in Donbas. “If the president and the authorities are not fulfilling their direct duty to protect every inch of Ukrainian land, then we, the volunteer veterans, will do it again,” Biletsky said then. 

The breeding dates were also violated due to the fact that militiamen of the DPR and LPR allegedly fired at settlements. In the self-proclaimed republics, these charges are denied, blaming Ukrainian radicals for stalling the breeding.

The fighters of Azov also tried to break through the Ukrainian national police checkpoints. Law enforcement officers had to shoot in the air to drive them away.

A few days later Zelensky said that he was not going to solve the problems of Donbas and Crimea by military means because he was "not ready to lose people." According to the Ukrainian president, he was not elected to the post of head of state so that he would impose martial law.

“If we are talking about people and territories, then the first priority is people, the second - territories,” the politician emphasized.

The second condition for the separation of forces in the Donbas is the mirroring of the process. Both the Ukrainian security forces and the militia must withdraw their forces 1 kilometre from the line of contact. Finally, the third condition is the dismantling of the fortifications after the departure of the personnel of the units.

The breeding of forces is part of the terms of the Steinmeier formula agreed on October 1 in Minsk.

On October 15, the leader of the National Corps, Andrei Biletsky, announced the Zelensky ultimatum put forward. According to the conditions of Ukrainian nationalists, the president of Ukraine must renounce the amnesty for the participants in the hostilities (although Kyiv is not going to take this step so far), and the withdrawal of troops.

In addition, the radicals demand a refusal to hold elections in the Donbas, but they, according to the Ukrainian position, are impossible if the troops are not deployed. The protesters also want the country's authorities not to grant special status to the DPR and LPR.

Shortly before this, a mass demonstration was held in Kyiv against the "Steinmeier formula." According to Ukrainian media, about 10 thousand people participated in the event. According to Biletsky, "at least 50 thousand people" took to the streets of Kyiv, ZIK television channel reports.

The military conflict in Donass began in the spring of 2014, when, after a coup d'etat in Kyiv and in response to the seizure of office buildings by activists in the region, the Ukrainian authorities launched the so-called “anti-terrorist operation” (ATO).

The conflict, which has been going on for more than five years, claimed the lives of more than 13 thousand people, about one and a half million inhabitants of the region fled from the region to Russia, other regions of Ukraine and the EU countries.

Moscow denies accusations of aggression, and Kyiv admitted that it cannot legally prove the presence of the Russian military in the Donbas.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the "Steinmeier formula" a compromise and concession in comparison with the first edition of the Minsk agreements. According to the head of the Foreign Ministry, it was initially assumed that the elections would be held after the adoption of the law on the special status of Donbas and its introduction into the constitution of Ukraine. The Kremlin also reacted positively to the approval of the “formula”.

Moscow expects that after the event, all parties will work on holding a summit in the "Norman" format - with the participation of the presidents of Russia, France, Ukraine and the Chancellor of Germany.

“We hope that in the near future some kind of clarity will come here,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

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