Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak has said this in an interview with foreign journalists on Wednesday, DW reports.
"In my opinion, this [conflict settlement] will take years," he noted.
According to Poltorak, Russia is still deploying its servicemen in Donbas with a well-functioning mechanism of rotation. "Just over 7,000 Russian soldiers are there now. They are being rotated constantly," he said.
Poltorak predicted that pro-Russian separatists in Donbas would attack Ukrainian positions, provoking a return fire in order to present Kyiv as a violator of the Minsk Agreements. At the same time, according to his evaluation, the ability of pro-Russian militants to launch a major offensive at the current stage is "restricted."