Disinfo: France and Germany do nothing to enforce respect of the Minsk agreements by Ukraine


France and Germany are the guarantors of the Minsk agreements and they have never put any pressure on Kyiv in order to force them to respect the agreements. We are still waiting for prisoner exchanges, we are still waiting for a general amnesty, we are still waiting for the autonomy status of the Donbas. For four years, France has done nothing.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Minsk agreements, portraying Ukraine as a primary violator of the cease-fire.

In March 2015, the European Council linked the duration of EU sanctions to Russia to the complete implementation of the Minsk agreements, acknowledging Russia's responsibility to uphold the Agreements.

The EU has condemned systematic restrictions to the freedom of movement of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, by Russia-backed armed formations in Southern Donetsk and non-government-controlled areas along the Russian border.

According to the latest reports by the OSCE Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, there are violations of the Minsk agreement on both sides of the conflict. See the latest report for June 2019 here.

The analysis of the Atlantic Council shows, that the majority of violations can be attributed to Russia-backed armed formations.



  • Reported in: Issue155
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: French
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France
  • Keywords: Minsk agreements


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