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 continuously demands
their full implementation.
built upon a Peace Plan of the President of Ukraine on peace settlement of the
situation in the Donbas, including all key elements that are necessary for
immediate de-escalation of the situation, its stabilization and start of
rehabilitation of the Donbas, namely: cease of 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 touch
line as of 19 September 2014, withdrawal of heavy weapons, release of hostages
and illegally detained persons, improving the humanitarian situation in the
region and conduct of the local elections under the Ukrainian legislation.
Ukraine has been
implementing the Minsk agreements in full manner and has been waiting for its
fulfilment 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 touchline.
The Russian side
recalled its signature under 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 worded on 13
November 2014 and to ensure the ceasefire 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 implemented.
Ukrainian side is
ready to participate in the consultations of the Trilateral Contact Group with
signatories of the Minsk agreements at any time that was practically
demonstrated during the skype-conferences on 19
December 2014 and 9 January 2015, as well as during the last meeting of the
Contact group in Minsk on 24 of December 2014.
The President of the
Russian Federation repeatedly confirmed his adherence to 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 assaulting the Donetsk airport,
where Ukrainian “cyborgs” are permanently
positioning. Therefore, fables about “taking of the airport” leave, please, for
the internal propaganda.
Ukraine strictly adheres to all provisions of the Minsk
agreements and demands Russia to do the same.