Disinfo: Ukraine does not implement the Minsk agreements because it is controlled by the West

Summary

One of the main obstacles to the Minsk agreements is “Kyiv’s unwillingness to engage in normal dialogue with Donetsk and Luhansk. This obligation is obviously not being met, although this is one of the main conditions of the Minsk package”. (…) From Kyiv, in statements by deputies close to the President, it was repeatedly heard that the army should be ready to use force, if necessary, to reclaim the Donbas areas. In other words, the military aspect is also visible, although the Normandy format was originally planned as an opportunity to solve the problems in south-eastern Ukraine in a peaceful way. Kyiv’s aim is to reorientate, to rebuild the whole system of the Minsk agreement.

Following the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Kyiv, the rhetoric on the Ukrainian side has changed dramatically, which has led to a worsening of the situation in the Donbas. Ukraine is a controlled country, and for the United States, the worsening of relations between Ukraine and Russia is now more important than the peaceful settlement in Ukraine. (…) Ukraine is not a fully sovereign state. Therefore, it must be understood that the current situation is not being led by Ukraine itself, not by its people, but by the forces in Europe and the US, which are behind the current Ukrainian leadership and are using Ukraine for their own purposes.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that Ukraine refuses to implement the Minsk agreements, undermining the statehood of Ukraine and alleging that Ukraine is a state under foreign control.

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 so-called "LDNR" factions are also present. Ukraine is not the only party to the conflict in the Donbas. In 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted Russia's military presence in Ukraine.

The second set of measures to implement the Minsk agreements was signed on 12 February 2015. But there are no conditions that the Ukrainian authorities should conduct direct negotiations with the leaders of the self-proclaimed "republics DNR/LNR" in the Minsk agreements that are supported by Russia.

Moreover, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a resolution on the progress of the Assembly's monitoring procedure which stated concerns over Russia on condition of human rights and rule of law, 'borderisation' and creeping annexation of Georgian regions, implementation of the Minsk agreements and cooperation over the downing of the MH17 flight.

Ukraine is a sovereign, independent state. Relations between the EU, US and Ukraine are bilateral relations between independent countries. They are established on an equal basis.

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  • Reported in: Issue 185
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/02/2020
  • Outlet language(s) German
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Ukrainian statehood, Minsk agreements, Donbas, War in Ukraine
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