The Kremlin is using the current situation in Donbas to have leverage over the West. This opinion was expressed by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in an article written for the American edition of The Wall Street Journal.

“The Kremlin persistently violates the terms of the ceasefire agreement signed in Minsk, not strongly enough to cause a severe reaction from the international community, but strongly enough to maintain pressure on Ukraine and the West. So far, the Kremlin can continue to ‘kindle small fires’ in some areas, for example in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. It will use them as leverage to intimidate other countries,” reads the article.

He also noted that the international community must continue to put pressure on the Russian Federation until it has met the obligations under the Minsk Agreements and returned Crimea to Ukraine.

“We will not accept anything less than the peace. But there is no point in negotiating with a partner who thinks of his geopolitical ambitions rather than saving people’s lives, and shows no respect for legal obligations,” Poroshenko stressed.

Just a reminder: July 7, during his meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that Ukraine and the United States would team up in order to liberate Crimea from Russia’s occupation.