Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Natalia Nikonorova has commented the three years results of the Memorandum in Minsk

19 September 2017
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Memorandum on the Protocol implementation following the Trilateral Contact Group consultations, which was signed in Minsk three years ago, established the first steps to restore peace in Donbass. This document, signed by the representatives of Russia, Ukraine, the OSCE, as well as the Heads of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, completed Protocol signed earlier and confirmed nominal readiness of the Ukrainian authorities to conduct a direct dialogue with us.

Nevertheless, with the passing of time, we are becoming increasingly doubtful whether the Ukrainian government really intends to resolve this conflict peacefully. First of all, today Ukraine's refusal to work on the resolution text on an introduction of the UN security contingent of the OSCE CMM into Donbass, which was proposed by the Russian Federation, was a clear indication of Kiev's indifference to both its international obligations and fate of the Donbass residents. Thus, Ukraine’s representatives have recognized their disinterest in restoring peace in Donbass and the fact that Kiev is only interested in settling the situation by use of military force.

The intensification of military maneuvers in the territory of Ukraine with participation of NATO representatives, as well as the genuine joy of Peter Poroshenko over the allocation of lethal weapons to Ukraine and $500 million for defense by the US Senate, confirm our fears.

Ignoring its obligations under the Memorandum and other documents of Minsk package, continuing shelling our territories, rejecting the initiative proposed by the Russian Federation, Ukraine is still betting on a confrontational scenario, the price of which is the life and health of people on both sides of the contact line.