Russian deputy PM blames West for Ukraine conflict

Russia 'being put in its place' through use of sanctions, Igor Shuvalov tells Davos delegates.

Russian deputy PM blames West for Ukraine conflict

World Bulletin / News Desk

The West is prolonging the Ukraine conflict through its unfair treatment towards Russia, Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister has said.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos on Friday, Igor Shuvalov said: “The West wants to put Russia in its place - the West says to Russia; ‘Go to your corner. We will teach you through our sanctions'."

Shuvalov said the strategy was the biggest obstacle to achieving peace in Ukraine.

"The West does not treat Russia as an equal partner, and this will make the conflict in Ukraine a bleeding wound for decades," he added.

The Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists signed a cease-fire agreement in Minsk on Sept. 5, but both sides have violated it.

At least 1,363 people have been killed in the conflict since the September 2014 deal.

More than 4,800 people have been killed since April last year, after pro-Russian rebels seized parts of Luhansk and Donetsk.

At the same time, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that he blamed what he said were Kiev's "criminal orders" for a surge in fighting in east Ukraine in which civilians have been killed.

Speaking to senior state officials, Putin said Ukraine had not responded to a proposal he made in a letter to President Petro Poroshenko to withdraw heavy weapons from the demarcation line as a step towards implementing ceasefire.

The United Nations' human rights office said on Friday 262 people had been killed in fighting in east Ukraine over the last nine days, describing it as the "most deadly period" since a ceasefire agreement was reached last September.

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