Russian president Vladimir Putin has expressed the hope that there will be no open war between Ukraine and Russia.
He said this in an interview with Russia 24 TV channel.
"I think that this apocalyptic scenario is hardly possible, and I hope it will never happen," he said.
At the same time, he believes that the Ukrainian military have been trying to justify themselves.
"Actually, it is very bad - attempts to justify the defeat, and attempts to blame it on Russia are bad. However, the worst thing is instigating conflict between Ukraine and Russia, attempts to stir up the conflict," Putin said.
Commenting on the statement of Ukrainian President Poroshenko on the intention to return the annexed Crimea, Putin stressed that it is, in his opinion, "things of a revanchist character."
The Russian President has also said that if the Minsk agreements are implemented, the situation in eastern Ukraine will gradually return to normal.