The Ukrainian authorities should not try to use force in Donbass for the sake of returning the region under their control. OSCE Chairperson Ann Linde stated this in an interview with European Pravda.
Answering a journalist's question about whether the war in Nagorno-Karabakh, as a result of which Azerbaijan occupied a number of lost territories, could become an example for Kiev, Linde noted: “Yes” – in the sense that you also should never forget about Crimea and Donbass. But “no” in the sense that force should never be used, because a forcibly sustainable peace cannot be established. “
The OSCE Chairperson recalled that a peace treaty following the results of the war in Karabakh has not yet been signed.
Earlier on January 20, the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, announced plans to hold a second referendum on self-determination in Donbass to demonstrate the will of his people.
The military conflict in Donbass broke out in 2014, when parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions declared independence after the change of the central government in Ukraine. Kiev tried to retake the region by force, using heavy equipment and artillery. Ukraine accuses Russia of occupying uncontrolled territories. Moscow rejects the claim.
Armed clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) began on September 27, 2020. Yerevan and Baku accused each other of escalating the conflict. The parties agreed on a ceasefire twice, but the fighting continued. On November 9, the leaders of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan adopted a joint statement on a complete ceasefire. The parties remained in their occupied positions, then three areas in the conflict zone were transferred under the control of Baku, which were lost in the armed conflict in the early 1990s. Russian peacekeepers also entered Karabakh.