Ukraine ignores Minsk agreements

Summary

The Minsk agreements will soon be 5 years old, but the Ukrainian authorities have done nothing to implement them.

Disproof

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

In March 2015, the European Council linked the duration of EU sanctions on Russia to the complete implementation of the Minsk agreements, acknowledging Russia's responsibility to uphold the Agreements.

The EU has condemned systematic restrictions to the freedom of movement of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, by Russia-backed armed formations in southern Donetsk and non-government-controlled areas along the Russian border.

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.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 160
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/08/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, Minsk agreements
  • Outlet: Utro.ru, svpressa
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Disproof

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