Disinfo: It’s DPR, LPR and Russia who are interested in a ceasefire on Donbas, not Ukraine

Summary

Who proposed these measures introduced at midnight today? In the spring, within the framework of the Minsk Agreement. DPR, LPR and Russia offered Ukraine to fix everything that came into force today. And who refused? Who is conducting sabotage actions, using military drones and so on. Who refused? It’s Ukraine. So who is to blame for the fact that people have died so far on Donbas?

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine, claiming that Ukraine refuses to implement the Minsk agreements.

The claims are being made in the context of a ceasefire between Ukraine and Russia/so called LNR and DPR which came into force on Monday 27 July 2020. The agreement was "the result of the effective work of the Ukrainian delegation with the support of our international partners in Berlin and Paris," the office of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a statement.

Reaching a ceasefire deal was a precondition for a new Ukrainian crisis summit. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have spoken of reuniting Zelenskyy and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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

Over the last 12 months, Ukraine has made serious steps to resolve the conflict in Donbas peacefully. Ukraine initiated a 'Normandy Four' meeting that was held on 9 December 2019. Ukraine agreed that a full and comprehensive ceasefire is necessary.

The parties of the Normandy Summit also agreed to release captives on the principle "all for all" by December 2019. Three prisoner exchanges have been conducted, with the last one taking place during the COVID-19 lockdown. The law on special order of local self-government in certain areas of Donbas was extended for another year. A disengagement of troops was achieved in Zolote, Petrivske, and Stanytsia Luhanska. Ukraine also rebuilt a bridge in Stanytsia Luhanska that was destroyed by the pro-Russian militants in March 2015.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 206
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, DPR, LPR, Minsk agreements

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Disproof

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