A resounding statement is made: Ukraine can not prove the presence of Russian troops in the Donbass.
Legally, Ukraine, over three years of the war, has been unable to prove the presence of the Russian army in the Donbass.*
Such a loud statement came in an interview with Apostrophe from Georgy Tuka, Deputy Minister for Temporary Occupied Territories and internally displaced persons.
It means that, since there are no Russian authorities in the territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, that are not controlled by Ukraine, it is legally impossible to talk about occupation.
"We can not yet, despite all the efforts, legally prove the presence in the Donbass of the regular Russian army," Tuka said, noting that the recent decision of the court in The Hague affirmed it.
"We can stitch a hundred embroideries a day on ourselves, but this is not the solution of the question, it's absolutely purely emotional stuff, that can be allowed only by the deputies working for their own electorate, deceiving and manipulating them," the deputy minister added, stressing that there are international terms and concepts that Ukraine must operate on to establish in the courts the facts of Russia's invasion of Ukrainian territory.