Gorbachev: Internal Ukrainian conflict can't be turned into inter-state one

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev believes Russia has not intervened in the events in southeastern Ukraine and is right in doing so.

Mikhail Gorbachev. Source: Reuters

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev believes Russia has not intervened in the events in southeastern Ukraine and is right in doing so.

"If our country intervenes, there could be a fire that the whole world would be unable to put out. And it's right that the politicians are holding to their position," Gorbachev said on Rossiyskaya Sluzhba Novostei (Russian News Service) on Saturday.

"Our proposal was to open passages and let people get out of all those entrapments. But no, someone is sitting in warm offices and intellectualizing. And at the same time - look what is happening to the people, to children and women. Maternity homes and schools are being shelled, hospitals are being destroyed. Two thousand people have been killed even according to official reports, and how many have been injured?" Gorbachev said.

He insisted that everything possible should be done to de-escalate the conflict.

"Everything should be done so that the people stop killing each other. After all, this is one people. If states get involved, the scope grows, and everyone meddles there, we might see a horrible slaughter in Europe. But this can't be allowed," he said.

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