In the course of today's meeting of the Contact Group, the Ukrainian side not only tried to turn the negotiations into a farce and a theater of absurdity, but also directly demonstrated an overt sabotage of all its obligations under the Minsk agreements.
“Today we demanded clarifications from the Ukrainian negotiators regarding the statements of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine that now Ukrainian commanders can themselves make a decision to open fire in Donbass without coordination with their leadership. Such theses can be interpreted exclusively as a gross violation of the existing agreements on the ceasefire, and if these are not just unfounded statements by Mr. Zaluzhny, but an innovation officially formalized in the form of a normative act, then this is essentially not only Ukraine's withdrawal from the Armistice Measures, but also the destruction of obligations under the Minsk agreements. Of course, we also demanded that this statement be immediately disavowed. However, the representative of Ukraine, Mr. Reznikov, at first refused to answer, stating that this topic allegedly did not relate to security issues, then said that he would answer this question later, in the "Other business" section. Then he agreed that we should not take seriously what "they write in the headlines about all sorts of bloggers."
It means that Ukrainian representatives of the executive branch, firstly, do not consider the statement of their general about the possibility of opening fire on Donbass without the consent of the leadership, and, secondly, they consider their own commander-in-chief a blogger. At the same time, no specific refutations and explanations of the position of the Ukrainian leadership regarding such odious statements were provided” - Natalia Nikonorova said.
Also, there were no clear answers either to the call for the immediate approval of an addendum to the Measures to strengthen the ceasefire regime, or to the demand to finally provide security guarantees on an application for repair and restoration work in Kominternovo, where the power supply has been disrupted for a month due to damage of power lines as a result of AFU shelling.
“At today's meeting, Ukraine’s representatives, instead of conducting a diplomatic and fruitful discussion, launched paper airplanes, constantly laughed, although nothing funny was announced and, in general, broke all records for cynicism and absurdity. With such openly mocking behavior, the Ukrainian authorities clearly convey the true attitude not only towards us as representatives of Donbass on the Minsk track, but also towards all residents of Republics, towards their lives and safety. And in particular, it is unacceptable to us that the fact that such behavior of the Ukrainian negotiators was tacitly connived by the OSCE coordinator, which contributed to the disruption of the dialogue between parties.
Thus, with the huge disappointment we should state that the peace restoration issues apparently are interesting only for Republic’s representatives and the mediator from Russian Federation” – DPR Plenipotentiary concluded.