Vladimir Bidyovka: We see no real steps aimed at ending war in six years of conflict

If Ukraine really did want peace, it would simply stick to the terms of the Minsk agreements. This was stated in an interview with RIA Novosti by DPR People’s Council Chairman Vladimir Bidyovka, commenting on the words of Daria Olifer, the press secretary of Ukraine’s representative in the Trilateral Contact Group Leonid Kuchma, about the procedure for holding elections. In particular, the fact that elections in Donbass can be held only after the return of all refugees to the region.

“In response to Daria Olifer’s words, I can say that a lasting peace in Donbass can be achieved through a simpler way: Ukraine has to start consistently implementing all the clauses of the Package of Measures, including stop shelling our territories. By the way, this is exactly what Zelensky promised, going for his presidency. However, instead, we regularly read the Ukrainian politicians pondering on how elections should be held in Donbass and what needs to be done for this. At the same time, they are eager to study international experience in this field, but for some reason they are completely unfamiliar with such a document as the Minsk agreements, which was signed by representatives of Ukraine.

Such statements suggest that Kiev is least concerned with the well-being of internally displaced persons and refugees. If Zelensky really wanted peace, he would simply stick to the terms of the Minsk agreements. Otherwise, in the six years of the conflict, we’ve only heard populist affirmations, groundless accusations against us and have not seen a single real step aimed at ending the war. Which once again proves the hypocrisy and meanness of the Ukrainian presidents,” Vladimir Bidyovka said.

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