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Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on state of implementation of the Minsk agreements
19 January 2015 09:48

Since the Minsk agreements were signed on 5 and 19 of September 2014, signatures to which, besides Ukraine and the OSCE, were also affixed by an official representative of the Russian Federation, as well as O.Zakharchenko and I.Plotnytskyi, Ukraine has  been continuously demanding their full implementation.  

These agreements based upon a Peace Plan of the President of Ukraine on peace settlement of the situation in the Donbas, include all key elements necessary for immediate de-escalation of the situation, its stabilization and start of rehabilitation of the Donbas, namely: cease-fire, restoration of the Ukrainian control over the Ukrainian-Russian state border, full and immediate withdrawal of foreign troops and mercenaries, assurance of return to the line of contact as of 19 September 2014, withdrawal of heavy weapons, release of hostages and illegally detained persons, improving the humanitarian situation in the region and holding the local elections under the Ukrainian legislation.     

Ukraine has been implementing the Minsk agreements to the full extent and has been waiting for its fulfillment by Russia and militants in the course of long four months.    

On 13 November 2014, representatives of Ukraine and Russia signed a working document envisaging a clear schedule of implementation of provisions of the Minsk agreements, in particular, concerning assurance of the bilateral cease-fire, withdrawal of heavy weapons and return to the line of contact.   

The Russian side withdrew its signature to this document. Today, Ukraine has once again reiterated its appeal to the Russian Federation with a suggestion to sign the timetable of implementation of the Minsk agreements, namely as amended on 13 November 2014 and to ensure the cease-fire starting from 19 January.

We believe that it will allow us immediately to cease fire and protect civilians from militant’s attacks in the region, what they have been doing in the course of last four months. The beginning of strict implementation of this document will create appropriate conditions for holding, in the near future, consultations of the Trilateral Contact Group, as well as meeting of the Foreign Affairs Ministers of Ukraine, France, Germany and Russia, and later – the Summit of Heads of State and Government in Astana. We demand this plan to be finally completed.

The Ukrainian side is ready to participate in the consultations of the Trilateral Contact Group with signatories to the Minsk agreements at any time, which was practically demonstrated during a skype-conference on 19 December 2014 and 9 January 2015, as well as during the last meeting of the Contact group in Minsk on 24 December 2014.

The President of the Russian Federation repeatedly confirmed his adherence to the implementation of the Minsk agreements in full scope and without exceptions. Such a position was stated, inter alia, at the multilateral Summit in Milan.

Over the last two months, the militants have been constantly attacking the Donetsk airport, where Ukrainian “cyborgs” are permanently positioning. Therefore, please leave fables about “taking over the airport” for the internal propaganda.

Ukraine strictly adheres to all provisions of the Minsk agreements and demands from Russia to do the same.

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