Today’s statements by the deputy head of the Ukrainian delegation in Minsk very eloquently testify to Kiev’s outspoken desire to by all possible means evade its obligations under the Minsk agreements. In this regard, we urge the international community, primarily the mediators of the negotiation process in the person of the OSCE and representatives of guarantor countries, to pay attention and give an official evaluation to the extremely provocative statements of the official Ukrine’s representative in Minsk.
Firstly, the Ukrainian authorities directly confirmed that their highest priority is not to achieve peace in Donbass, but to preserve the sanctions of Western countries against the Russian Federation. Kiev has repeatedly, not only in words but also in practice, shown that the fate of Donbass inhabitants is of last interest to Ukraine: shelling of the civilian population and deliberate deprivation of the inhabitants of electricity and water supply continue. There is a direct rejection of any negotiations with our representatives on practical issues, despite our regular calls to start such a dialogue on the basis of written documents.
Secondly, in his statement, Mr. Merezhko not only spoke about the Ukrainian leadership’s lack of plans to grant Donbass a special status, but also openly made it clear that Kiev was directly going to leave the Minsk process. Accordingly, it is now becoming clear what “Plan B” Ukrainian officials have been talking about.
Thirdly, Ukraine intends not only to disrupt the implementation of Minsk agreements, but also to destroy the only existing foundation for a peaceful settlement – Package of Measures, which, moreover, was approved not only by guarantor countries, but also by the UN Security Council.
Now we clearly see that the task of the so-called "to increase the level of participation" of the Ukrainian delegation was the organization and preparation of Kiev’s withdrawal from the Minsk agreements, with obvious attempts to shift the blame for this to one of the mediators and guarantors of the agreements.
We would like to recall that it is precisely on the Package of Measures that all existing agreements in the framework of the Minsk Process are based. It was the signing of this document that stopped the hot conflict phase.
If Ukraine nevertheless decides to withdraw from the Minsk process, such a step could have unpredictable consequences. We officially declare that in this case all the blame will fall entirely on the Ukraine’s leadership.