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Zakharova slams Kiev official’s remarks on Donbass ‘genes’ as refusal to solve crisis

November 23, 2016, 15:58 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Ukrainian Culture Minister Yevgeny Nischuk claims that the population of Donbass is a "genetically different" category of people

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Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova

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MOSCOW, November 23. /TASS/. Ukraine’s attitude towards the population in the Donbass region as a different cultural and genetic category of people raises doubts about Kiev’s willingness to comply with the Minsk agreements, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated on Wednesday.

"How can we talk about implementing the Minsk accords by Kiev, if the Ukrainian government considers the Donbass region to be a different ‘cultural and genetic’ category of people whose consciousness, from the viewpoint of that country’s minister of culture, could be altered," she wrote on her Facebook page, commenting on remarks by Ukrainian Culture Minister, Yevgeny Nischuk.

Zakharova expressed doubts that the minister’s remarks will receive an adequate evaluation by the West. "There is every likelihood that they will not see them at all," she noted. "They have a reverent attitude towards human rights. However, when it comes to politically troubled regions, they become very aloof."

Nischuk said in an interview with the ICTV channel on November 22 that "the situation in the country’s east and south is a mentality gap," adding that "they are genetically different, imported communities." The minister expressed confidence that it will be possible to reach out to Donbass residents "with the help of books, children’s education and artistic events.".

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