Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Commentary by Natalia Nikonorova regarding the statements of the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council

19 February 2020
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Being the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Alexey Danilov obviously should be familiar with the text of the Minsk agreements. This document, the conditions of which Ukraine has committed to fulfill, is the only non-military way to resolve the conflict, implying preservation of the formal sovereignty of Ukraine in the territory of Donbass. And UN Security Council resolution No. 2202 makes this document binding on the international level. If Danilov is really not indifferent to the fate of people living in Donbass, then he should provide full support for the speedy implementation of the provisions of the Package of Measures.

Instead, the Ukrainian authorities continue Poroshenko’s policy of delaying the negotiation process and simulating a peaceful settlement. This has become especially noticeable lately - representatives of Kiev put forward one provocative initiative after another, presenting us new absurd demands that have nothing to do with the Minsk agreements. Not to mention the ongoing provocations on the contact line and the new shelling of the civilian population in Donbass. Wanting in words to maintain the integrity of the country, Kiev, nevertheless, is doing everything to further fragment it. We remain convinced that the new government either does not have the political will to resolve the conflict, or uses its position in its own financial interests, continuing to play the victim of aggression in front of its Western sponsors.

There is only one way to restore peace in the region - is to provide Republics with a special status and direct dialogue with our representatives for the further implementation of the Package of Measures. The results of the previous government work showed that moving away from these conditions is unpromising.