#Commentary of Valery Skorokhodov on 5th anniversary of Minsk Protocol

Donbass has learnt to live without Ukraine after these long five years. We have our own laws, People’s police keeps us safe. We speak Russian and we do not aim to suppress other people, with which we live side by side. This was stated by Deputy of the DPR’s People’s Council Valery Skorokhodov in an interview to the Donetsk News Agency.

ʺThe primary purpose of the Minsk agreements was a cease-fire. It was necessary to stop the killing of innocent people, who lived in Donbass. The first Minsk Protocol was signed in September, 2014, and it was complemented in February 2015. The agreements include the Package of Measures, which would allow resolving the conflict in Donbass, however, Ukraine has done nothing to stop the civil war during these five years. On the contrary, Kiev only strengthens its belligerent rhetoric against the People’s Republics and their citizens.

Yes, shelling activity has decreased greatly compared to 2014 and 2015. However, the shelling of population centres, which are located near the demarcation line, continues to this day. Ukrainian special services have not stopped prosecuting people on political grounds, and pensioners are not able to receive their hard-earned pensions.

We cherish the memory of our ancestors, who defended Donbass in the Great Patriotic War and we do not want to honour mythical independence ‘fighters’ imposed by Ukraine,ʺ the deputy said.

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