Disinfo: Under Zelenskyy, Ukraine does not advance in the implementation of the Minsk agreements

Summary

During the presidency of Volodymyr Zelenskyy, no significant progress has been achieved in resolving the conflict in Donbas. According to experts, the Ukrainian authorities are taking their time in showing commitment to the Minsk agreements. Such tactics only prolong the conflict, and without external influence on Kyiv from the West, there is little hope for its resolution.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about war in Ukraine, casting Ukraine as the sole responsible party for implementation of the Minsk agreements.

At the end of April 2020, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated that the Ukrainian side in the Trilateral Contact Group offered to hold negotiations in a video format so that negotiations could continue.

“At the beginning of each week, we have a Minsk video-call. We want to move forward. Because it is the only thing that brings us closer to solving this issue globally," the Ukrainian President emphasised.

At the end of January 2020, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution on the status of the monitoring procedure, where Russia was named as a “party to the Minsk agreements”. The PACE resolution noted that the Russian authorities should, among other things, “fully implement the Minsk agreements to which the Russian Federation is a party and to end its military intervention in, and support for, illegally armed formations in Eastern Ukraine."

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, provide amnesty to the parties involved in the conflict and restore control over the Ukrainian-Russian border in the conflict zone.

You can read other similar cases claiming that Ukraine does not fulfill key point of Minsk agreements on negotiation with the "LDNR" or that Ukraine broke the Minsk agreements by allowing the National Police on the contact line.

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  • Reported in: Issue 194
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Minsk agreements

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