Disinfo: The change of the situation in Donbas depends solely on Kyiv


The normalisation of relations with Russia is determined by the implementation of the Minsk agreements, but here everything is very complicated. (…) The change of the situation in Donbas depends solely on Kyiv. Therefore, the conditions imposed on Russia are practically unattainable.


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

The change of the situation in Donbas depends not only on Ukraine, but also on Russia. There is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in Eastern Ukraine. The EU has condemned the clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014.

Former U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, stated that the final fulfillment of the Minsk agreements is dependent on Russia’s decision to withdraw its forces from the occupied territories. “Unfortunately, the problem with the Minsk implementation is Russia’s continued occupation of Eastern Ukraine and the ongoing fighting there, so it’s impossible for Ukraine to go any further than it already has,” Volker said. According to Volker, Russia still has to fully implement a ceasefire deal, to withdraw its forces, and to disband the so-called People’s Republics in Donbas.

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.

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

For similar cases that Ukraine is ignoring/not complying with the Minsk agreements see here and here and  for a case about Russia not being a part of the conflict in Ukraine please see here.


  • Reported in: Issue 167
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, Russian expansionism, War in Ukraine, Donbas, Minsk agreements, Sanctions


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