Disinfo: Minsk agreements imply the creation of a state within a state

Summary

No matter what, Eastern Ukraine did not commit to returning to Ukraine. The conditions were stipulated in the Minsk Agreements, which say that, in fact, a state is being created within a state. LNR did not sign under any other conditions, and will not agree to anything else.

Disproof

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

The Minsk agreements do not imply "the creation of a state within a state". The Minsk agreements are about the necessary steps to be taken by the sides of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine: the exchange of prisoners, weapons withdrawal, local elections, Ukraine restoring control over its state border, etc.

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.

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

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

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  • Reported in: Issue 218
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/10/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk, LNR, Minsk agreements, War in Ukraine
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