18 January 2015
Since the signing of the Minsk agreements on 5 and 19 September 2014 by Ukraine, the OSCE and the Russian Federation, as well as by O.Zakharchenko and I.Plotnitskiy, Ukraine has persistently urged their full implementation.
The abovementioned agreements, which are based on the Peace Plan of the President of Ukraine on peaceful settlement in Donbas, include all crucial elements required for prompt de-escalation, stabilization of the situation and launch of the recovery process in Donbas. These elements are, in particular: ceasefire, resumption of Ukraine’s control at the Ukrainian-Russian state border, full and immediate withdrawal of the foreign troops and mercenaries, securing the line of disengagement as of 19 September 2014, withdrawal of heavy weapons, release of hostages and illegally detained persons, improvement of the humanitarian situation in the region and holding of local elections under the Ukrainian legislation.
Ukraine fully implements the Minsk agreements and has awaited for long four months that Russia and the militants will do likewise.
On 13 November 2014, representatives of Ukraine and Russia signed a working document envisaging a clear schedule for the implementation of the Minsk Memorandum, in particular, with regard to ensuring the bilateral ceasefire, withdrawing heavy weapons and returning to the line of disengagement.
The Russian side recalled its signature under the abovementioned document. Today, Ukraine has once again addressed the Russian Federation with a proposal to sign a timetable of implementation of the Minsk agreements specifically as formulated on 13 November and to ensure the ceasefire from 19 January 2015.
We are convinced that it will allow for immediate cease-fire and secure civilians in the region from militants’ attacks, lasting for the four past months. The start of strict implementation of this document will create necessary prerequisites for holding consultations of the Trilateral Contact Group and a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Ukraine, France, Germany and Russia soon, and later – Summit of respective Heads of State and Government in Astana. We demand to finally fulfill this plan.
The Ukrainian side stands ready to take part in consultations of the Trilateral Contact Group with the signatories of the Minsk agreements at any time, which was unambiguously confirmed during a Skype conference on 19 December 2014 and 9 January 2015, as well as during the last meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk on 24 December 2014.
The President of the Russian Federation has repeatedly reaffirmed his commitment to implementing the Minsk agreements in full and without exceptions. Such position was announced, in particular, during the highest level multilateral meeting in Milan.
For the past two months the militants have continuously stormed the Donetsk airport, where the Ukrainian “cyborgs” are constantly located. Therefore we would request to leave the stories about “seizure of the airport” for domestic propaganda.
Ukraine fully abides by all provisions of the Minsk agreements and urges the Russian Federation to do likewise.