Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Natalia Nikonorova commented on the latest statements by the Ukrainian authorities about the future of the Minsk process

18 February 2020
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The Ukrainian authorities are again trying to replace the content of their political commitments by changing its meaning to the exact opposite. The initiative of the Minister of internal Affairs Avakov about the intention to adopt a "law on collaborators", which implies filtering the population and criminal prosecution for a significant part of it, is completely divorced from reality. This mechanism completely contradicts the logic and meaning of the UN Security Council resolution that approved the Minsk agreements as binding. In accordance with paragraph 5 of the Set of Measures, Ukraine has pledged to grant amnesty to all participants in the events of 2014. At the same time, it is the height of hypocrisy to hold a direct equality between this law and the Amnesty law.

Statements by the Ukrainian leadership about joint patrols also raise a number of questions. Avakov claims that it is impossible to patrol together with the people's militia, while the head of the Ukrainian foreign Ministry says that sooner or later this will have to be done. Such strife is extremely revealing and raises the question - can the Ukrainian side be considered a reliable partner in negotiations in such conditions? Not to mention that all these plans are put forward unilaterally, without the consent of the representatives of the Republics, which, of course, a priori deprives them of meaning. The Kiev authorities should have decided among themselves about their position for a long time, and even better – re-read the Set of Measures that stipulates that the local people's militia should be engaged in maintaining public order in the Donbass.

Such statements by Ukrainian officials confirm our sense that the new regime, unfortunately, has not introduced new approaches to a peaceful settlement. Kiev demonstrates an absolute lack of understanding of the fact that the crisis in the negotiation process is due to the refusal of direct dialogue with the Republics in favor of such provocative initiatives. The Ukrainian authorities are wasting time by ignoring the call of international mediators to deepen work on a political settlement. Having received clear guidelines for action on all areas of peaceful settlement, especially on political aspects, the Ukrainian side has not yet fully implemented any of them. Thus, Ukraine once again demonstrates that as an unreliable international partner, it is weak and untenable.