Kyiv doubts the sincerity of the latest statements by Russian leaders regarding the resolution of the Ukrainian crisis, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said.
"We have serious doubts about the sincerity of Russia's wish to assist in situation de-escalation in eastern Ukraine. Unfortunately, yesterday's statement of the Russian president has not been confirmed with real steps," Ukrainian Foreign Ministry's information policy department director Yevhen Perebyinis said at a briefing on Thursday. For now, the withdrawal of the Russian forces from the Ukrainian borders has not been confirmed, he said. "Besides, the latest statements of Luhansk militiamen on the refusal to cancel the so-called referendum of May 11 show that Russia is trying to drag the world into its game of good and bad policeman and to create the impression that Russian allegedly wanted to help but the militia does not listen," Perebyinis said. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on May 7 he urged representatives of southeastern Ukraine to postpone the referendum scheduled for May 11.