DPR leader doesn’t believe Ukraine will ever implement Minsk agreements – Reuters

MOSCOW, February 13. /TASS/. Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) leader Denis Pushilin said the republic had no illusions about Kyiv’s implementation of the Minsk agreements. According to him, the guarantor states are not sending the “correct messages”, while the American leaders are trying to “play the game” with Ukraine.

“For our part, we no longer have any illusions before the meetings both with the contact group and in the Normandy format at different levels, we can say and predict how it will all end. <...> We don’t see all the conditions, all the correct messages from the guarantor states, from the United States. In fact, on the contrary, the United States is now even trying to play ball with Ukraine at this level,” the DPR leader said in an interview. with RT.

He noted that the protracted conflict was not yet over due to Ukraine’s attempts to block the process. “Unfortunately, it has to be said that Ukraine is achieving this very successfully.”

According to him, the Donbass is generally ready for a possible Ukrainian offensive. The DPR leader, however, did not rule out turning to Russia for help depending on the complexity of the situation.

In April 2014, the Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation against Donbass. The Minsk package of measures (Minsk-2), signed by the participants of the contact group on February 12, 2015, is the basis for the settlement of the conflict in the region. The document, in addition to a ceasefire and the withdrawal of military equipment, provides for a profound constitutional reform in Ukraine with the resulting decentralization of power, taking into account the special status of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions as well as the holding elections in these regions. . This plan has not been implemented to date, in particular due to the position of the Ukrainian side which, contrary to the order established by the Minsk agreements, refuses to implement political points as long as the problems safety are not set.

At the highest level, Russia has repeatedly expressed its adherence to the 2015 Minsk agreements, which it considers the only way to resolve the internal conflict in Ukraine.

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