This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets claiming that Ukraine is blocking the peace process in Donbas.
In reality, Article One of all Minsk agreements calls for an immediate ceasefire because it is impossible to proceed with the peace process amid hostilities. Ukraine has announced a truce several times since the war broke out in Donbas in 2014, and the illegal DNR and LNR pseudo-republics have been continually violating it. Ukraine announced its latest truce in July 2020, but Moscow-backed separatists have been breaking it virtually every day. On top of that, separatists often use the civilian population as a human shield by shelling Ukrainian positions from residential areas to accuse Ukrainian troops of possible civilian victims when they strike back.
Moscow also illegally provides the separatists with weapons. This is a well-known fact, although Russia bluntly denies it through its propaganda media and accuses Washington of selling weapons to Kyiv. Ukraine does not conceal this fact because US military aid to Kyiv is legal and transparent.
Moscow has been trying to pass itself off as a mediator in the peace process since its launch in 2014, but in reality, it has been obstructing it instead. Moreover, Russia is not a mediator because it is internationally recognised as a warring side in the Donbas war. The leaders of the Group of Seven (G7), who met in Cornwall on 11-13 June 2021, said in a communiqué:
“We remain firmly of the view that Russia is a party to the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, not a mediator.”
By making statements alleging that Ukraine has done nothing to implement the Minsk agreements, Moscow and the separatists it backs are delaying a peace settlement.
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