The situation with regard to the implementation of the Minsk agreements has not moved off dead center. The reason for this yet again is the Ukrainian side’s ignoring of the commitments it made. Kiev has neither political will nor willingness to implement even the first paragraphs of the Set of Measures.
Nevertheless, the Ukrainian authorities have opportunity to do so. Quiet recently, Poroshenko has signed an amnesty law for the “ATO’s” participants, which means that he is able to prepare and harmonize with the Republics a similar law under paragraph 5 of the Set of Measures.
Official Kiev uses tactics it has already used before: the authorized representatives of Ukraine in the Contact Group simulate the negotiation process, not wanting to assume responsibility for the implementation of the Minsk agreements. Even the OSCE coordinator from the Contact Group’s political subgroup Pierre Morel, who gave a negative assessment of Ukraine’s actions, could not exercise restraint anymore because of such position. At the same time, he noted that Ukraine could not submit its written position on the issues on the agenda of the political sub-group throughout the year.
Also, the prolongation by Ukraine of the negotiating process in Minsk is evidenced by the reluctance of the AFU to publish ceasefire orders and measures to ensure a “silence regime”, despite the agreements reached on mandatory publicity and transparency of these actions.
The Poroshenko regime does not need peace in Donbass, as war is his lifeline. Because, once peace is achieved, he will have to answer for corruption, embezzlement of state property, failed reforms, frantic nationalism, state devastation, excessive public debt, low socio-economic standards of living of the population and war crimes against the peaceful population of Donbass. Therefore, the Kiev regime tries to prevent the implementation of Minsk agreements at all cost.
Olga Makeyeva, the Deputy Chairman of the DPR People’s Council