#Commentary of Vladislav Berdichevsky and Elena Shishkina on 5th anniversary of Minsk Protocol

Official Kiev has made no attempt to hear the views of the residents of Donbass since the signing of the Minsk Protocol, which took place on September 5, 2014. This was stated by Deputies of the People’s Council Vladislav Berdichevsky and Elena Shishkina in an interview to RIA Novosti.

ʺOver the past five years, the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics have become full grown states, which have their own institutions of governance, which exist not just as a formality, but to ensure the viability and security of the DPR and LPR. Donbass rose to arms against the aggression of the Kiev authority in 2014, protesting against the illegal coup that brought Ukrainian nationalists into power.

Five years later, despite all challenges, a blockade, shelling and provocations by Ukraine, the Republics managed to set their own course of development and steadily follows it. We have not seen any attempt on the part of Ukraine to hear the voice of Donbass during the confrontation. Ukraine has never respected our opinion and continues to pursue a policy that has no place for people, who speak different languages.

Therefore, the citizens of the DPR and LPR become more and more convinced with each day that our future is connected with Russia, which did not leave us in 2014 and has been helping us ever since,ʺ Elena Shishkina noted.

In turn, Vladislav Berdichevsky stressed that Ukraine had never planned to implement the steps embodied in the Minsk Protocol.

ʺThis document appeared solely due to the fact that the militia of Donbass had defeated the Ukrainian army in Izvarino and Ilovaisk pockets. Poroshenko just could not destroy the people, Russian inhabitants of the Republics, who rebelled against a Nazi, Russophobic and Bandera regime.

Ukraine was not going to implement Minsk-1 despite the signed protocol, which included the cessation of hostilities, all-for-all exchange, political solutions on amnesty, local elections and special status. A ceasefire regime was never respected, Ukraine did not withdraw troops, the Ukrainian Armed Forces together with punitive battalions launched a mass attack, which ended with a Debaltsevo pocket and the signing of Minsk-2 in 2014-2015. At the same time, the ‘civilized’ Western world continues to watch favorably as Ukraine does not comply with the Minsk agreements. The Paramilitary Groups of Ukraine continue to shell and kill the people of Donbass, and the United States and its vassals in Europe regularly provide support to the Ukrainian blatant Nazi regime, they finance and train the Ukrainian army, without regard to the pain and suffering of our people,ʺ the deputy summed up.

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