Disinfo: Kyiv does not want to implement the current Minsk agreements

Summary

Kyiv declares that they cannot, will not, do not want to implement the current Minsk agreements. At the same time, we read that Europe continues sanctions against Russia. So who does not comply with the Minsk agreements? Anyone who wants to change them, probably? Kyiv? But why then do they impose sanctions against Russia? Impose them against Kyiv.

Disproof

This is a common Kremlin narrative that Ukraine refuses to implement the Minsk agreements. 

You can read other similar cases as "Ukraine does not fulfill key point of Minsk agreements on negotiation with the "LDNR" or "Ukraine broke the Minsk agreements by allowing the National Police on the contact line".

At the Normandy Four Summit, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy never claimed that Ukraine doesn't want to implement the Minsk agreements.

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 situation in Donbas. Three parties are involved in this process: representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE. Unofficially, representatives of the "LDNR" factions are also present.

The second set of measures to implement the Minsk agreements was signed on 12 February 2015. The first paragraph of the document relates to an immediate ceasefire. Next, it is necessary to withdraw heavy weapons, ensure OSCE monitoring, release prisoners, grant Donbas special status and hold local elections, provide amnesty to the parties involved in the conflict and restore control over the Ukrainian-Russian border in the conflict zone. There are no conditions that the Ukrainian authorities should conduct direct negotiations with the leaders of the "LDNR" factions in the Minsk agreements.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 178
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Minsk agreements, Sanctions
  • Outlet: Vremya pokazhet @ Pervyi kanal time 32:48 - 32:21
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Volodymyr Zelenskyy does not belong to the ‘War Party’, while Petro Poroshenko was the epitome of the ‘War Party’, which instigated the war in the East of Ukraine and caused the bloodshed of the Ukrainians.

Disproof

No evidence is given that Ukrainian leaders like Petro Poroshenko are to blame for the 13,000 deaths recorded to date in the Russia-Ukraine conflict. In fact, it was Russia who violated Ukraine's territorial integrity by the illegal annexation of Crimea and supported and armed separatist groups in Eastern Ukraine.

The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that "the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government".

NATO and EU are actively fabricating Russophobia in the Baltic States to justify their anti-Russian policies

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The powers of NATO and the EU are actively interfering in the shaping of internal relations of the Baltic States; their focus is on the creation of “fear of the Baltic towards the Russians”. This fear can be instrumentalised externally for the goals of the NATO and EU powers for the control of Baltic States against Russia. An enemy image of Russia is created. The effect on the cultivation of Russophobia is achieved through the systematic fomenting of internal political contrasts between different nationalities. The Western powers need this atmosphere of fear and instability to justify their anti-Russian policies.

Especially after the accession of the Baltic states to NATO and the EU, the West has shown that it is determined to further develop this geographical area on Russia’s western borders and to actively use it for its geopolitical goals. The nature of these measures, as well as the military-political steps, show that its policy towards Russia is increasingly degenerating towards military confrontation. For the Baltic Sea and its neighbours and for Europe, this means increasing militarisation and the danger of war.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia in Lithuania and the Baltic States. Also consistent with a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO encircling Russia.

For more than two decades, NATO has worked to build a partnership with Russia, developing dialogue and practical cooperation in areas of common interest. Cooperation has been suspended since 2014 in response to Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine but political and military channels of communication remain open. Concerns about Russia’s continued destabilising pattern of military activities and aggressive rhetoric go well beyond Ukraine. Read more about NATO - Russia relations here.