DISINFO: Kurt Volker Acknowledges Ukraine Unable to Reintegrate Crimea and Donbas
  • Outlet: Moskovskij Komsomolets (archived)*
  • Date of publication: May 17, 2018
  • Outlet language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 108
  • Countries / regions discussed: US, Ukraine, Russia
Crimea War in Ukraine

DISINFO: Kurt Volker Acknowledges Ukraine Unable to Reintegrate Crimea and Donbas


Volker admits Kyiv unable to reintegrate Crimea and Donbas, advising Ukraine to come to terms with the loss of Donbas and Crimea,.


Misrepresented statement. The full quote was; “There’s no way the Ukrainians could take the territory back that’s already been taken by the Russians, the Russians are just too powerful. But the cost to Russia of further advancement is already increased and will continue to increase. And if that’s the case then you have to ask yourself if you’re sitting in Moscow, what are we getting out of this? We’re getting Russian casualties, soldiers being killed fighting in Ukraine, for what? That’s why I hope they will see there is no benefit for them but the price will continue to grow. So why not exchange this for something positive, such as lifting sanctions? This will be something positive on the Russian agenda with the rest of the international community.” Further debunking by Stopfake.


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