Disinfo: Ukraine does not fulfil key point of Minsk agreements on negotiations with “LDNR”

Summary

The Ukrainian government does not fulfil the key requirement of the Minsk agreements on direct negotiations with the leadership of the LNR and the DNR.

Disproof

This is a common Kremlin narrative that Ukraine refuses 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, amnesty the parties to 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 175
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: DNR, LNR, War in Ukraine, Donbas, Minsk agreements
  • Outlet: Vesti Nedeli @ Rossiya 1 time 12:55-13:08
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Disproof

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