Disinfo: Ukraine is blocking the implementation of Steinmeier formula


The Ukrainian side still blocking it (Steinmeier formula). There are no prerequisites for Ukraine tomorrow, in a week, a month or later, to implement the formula in Ukrainian legislation.

Zelensky repeats Poroshenko at its worst. He came to power with peaceful slogans. He declared that he was the president of the peace. And the first thing he would do to achieve a peace. More than six months have passed, but there is no order for a ceasefire. Not a single paragraph, even the most basic on breeding and ceasefire by Ukraine, has been implemented.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Kyiv government sabotaging peace in the Donbas region. See previous cases about the Minsk agreements and the war in Ukraine.

Steinmeier's formula calls for elections to be held in the separatist-held territories under Ukrainian legislation and the supervision of the OSCE. The withdrawal of forces is the other step that should be done before the planned elections.  "By signing on, Ukraine agreed to hold local elections in the Donbas -- but only under Ukrainian law, and only after Russian forces are withdrawn and Ukraine regains control of the state border. There won't be any elections under the barrel of a gun," said the president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

At the moment, neither Ukraine nor the so-called "DPR" and "LNR" withdrew its troops. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy declares that all issues regarding the format of the deployment of forces in the Donbas are clearly stated in the Minsk agreements, so Ukraine should not discuss it again and cannot provide a withdrawal when the shelling continues.

According to the daily report by the SMM OSCE, the Mission recorded ceasefire violations in both Donetsk and Luhansk regions, but those violations were fixed from both sides. The same situation is with the withdrawal of forces.The SMM OSCE saw weapons in violation of withdrawal lines on both sides of the contact line.

As stated by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Vadim Pristayko, only after 7 days of peace in the territory can the withdrawal of forces and assets in Zolote and Petrivske begin.

Similar cases  are here and here.

More about Steinmeier formula can be found here


  • Reported in: Issue 171
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Armenian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: DNR, War in Ukraine, Donbas


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