Disinfo: Ukraine refuses to implement the Minsk agreements and continues the war in Donbas

Summary

Ukraine refuses to implement the Minsk agreements and continues the war in Donbas.

Whatever is said in NATO about this decision (to give Ukraine the status of a NATO partner with expanded capabilities), the political background is obvious – especially under today’s conditions, where Kyiv openly sabotages the fulfillment of the Minsk Agreements. (…) Kyiv is continuing the war in Donbas. This decision is no different from a deliberate promotion of this destructive course by the Ukrainian authorities. With ever new dividends the NATO states are in fact showing that they are not interested in the settlement of the inner-Ukrainian conflict.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that Ukraine refuses to implement the Minsk agreements and that the war in Ukraine is an internal Ukrainian conflict.

Ukraine has never claimed that it does not want to implement the Minsk agreements. The implementation of the agreements remains one of the key priorities of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. After the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Ukrainian side proposed to hold the negotiations conducted by the Trilateral Contact Group in a video format.

Over the last 12 months, Ukraine has made serious steps to resolve the conflict in Donbas peacefully. Ukraine initiated a Normandy Four meeting that was held on December 9, 2019. Ukraine agreed that a full and comprehensive ceasefire is necessary. The parties of the Normandy Summit also agreed to release captives on the principle "all for all" by December 2019. Three prisoner exchanges have been conducted, with the last one taking place during the COVID-19 lockdown. The law on special order of local self-government in certain areas of Donbas was extended for another year. A disengagement of troops was achieved in Zolote, Petrivske, and Stanytsia Luhanska. Ukraine also rebuilt a bridge in Stanytsia Luhanska that was destroyed by the pro-Russian militants in March 2015.

The war in eastern Ukraine is not an inter-Ukrainian conflict, but a well-documented act of aggression by Russian armed forces, ongoing since February 2014.

This disinformation message appeared in the same article as the claim that Giving Ukraine the special status is just an occasion for NATO to expand eastwards.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 202
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Civil war, War in Ukraine, Donbas, Minsk agreements

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Disproof

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