Disinfo: Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada admitted that Kyiv will not implement the Minsk agreements

Summary

The chairman of the Verkhovna Rada admitted that Kyiv is not going to implement the Minsk agreements.

The Verkhovna Rada will not make any changes to the Constitution of Ukraine on the proposal of other countries, even if it is foreseen by the Minsk agreements and is necessary to end the war in Donbas. This was stated by Chairman of the Ukrainian parliament Dmitro Razumkov during a press conference. The head of the Rada replied that adding amendments, which are envisaged by the Minsk agreements, to the fundamental law of Ukraine is not even a subject to discussion.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine and the Minsk Agreements.

The Chairman of the Ukrainian parliament Dmitro Razumkov did not say that Kyiv is not going to implement the Minsk agreements. Speaking at a press conference in the Verkhovna Rada, Razumkov stated that Russia cannot dictate to Ukraine how to change Ukrainian laws: “I think that only the Ukrainian people, society, the Verkhovna Rada, MPs, the president, and other institutions that work for the benefit of our country can require amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine." Razumkov also added that a lot of work regarding Ukrainian legislation still has to be done in order to return the temporarily occupied territories.

The implementation of the agreements remains one of the key priorities of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Since 2014, negotiations with Russia to resolve the conflict in the Donbas have been held within the framework of the Normandy Format and the Minsk process. A special Trilateral contact group is working on a peaceful settlement of the Donbas situation. Three parties are involved in this process: representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE. Unofficially, representatives of the "LDNR" factions are also present.

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  • Reported in: Issue 206
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: DNR, LNR, War in Ukraine, Donbas, Minsk agreements
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Disproof

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