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Former DPR Leader Warns of 'Big War'

Alexander Borodai, the first prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), said he expects the Ukrainian army to launch a new offensive — resulting in a "big war"

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Alexander Borodai, the former leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, says that he expects the ceasefire in East Ukraine to collapse, resulting in a "big war" between Ukraine and Russia. According to Borodai

"To be honest, I expect that the Minsk 2 agreements will not be observed, in the same manner as the Minsk 1 agreements were not," Borodai said in an interview this week in a Moscow restaurant surrounded by former rebel commanders.

<figcaption>It could be a bloody summer</figcaption>
It could be a bloody summer

"And at the end of the day the Ukrainian army will launch an offensive. This is a very probable development ... I am not sure that it will end without a big war, as Russia cannot tolerate this sore on its borders forever."

The ceasefire is more or less nonexistent already. A few days ago, the OSCE admitted on camera that the Ukrainian army was shelling rebel positions — or "random houses", as is often the case — from Mariupol.

Kiev has already made it clear that it will not negotiate with "terrorists" — and Zakharchenko continues to insist that too much blood has been spilled for a reunification to occur. 

In other words, both sides have no interest in agreeing to Minsk. Which probably means a "big war". 

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