The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that Kyiv has almost completely fulfilled all the requirements of the Minsk agreements. He said this in Kyiv at a press conference after talks with Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau.
“Ukraine has clearly proven that 95% of all political obligations fulfilled and 100% security. And in this situation it is vitally important for us that Russia has fulfilled the safety criteria, to start the political process”, — said Poroshenko (quoted by “Interfax-Ukraine”).
Ukrainian authorities and Western countries have repeatedly stated that Russia is responsible for failure to comply with all conditions of the Minsk agreements. The EU explained the extension of the sanctions that Moscow has not done enough efforts for the development of peaceful settlement in the Donbass.
The Kremlin blamed for the failure of the Minsk agreements on Kiev. The head of the presidential administration Sergei Ivanov said that “it’s clear and obvious that Kiev does not want and will not perform Minsk agreement”.
The President of Russia Vladimir Putin touched upon the subject of the Minsk agreements in June in a speech at the St. Petersburg international economic forum. He then said that Kyiv has not adopted the laws on Amnesty and special status of Donbass (one of the key points of the Minsk agreement). “You can juggle infinitely, but it is impossible for us to shift what we do not”, — stated Putin.
Poroshenko statement came amid the aggravated situation in the Donbass. Kiev and militias in recent days accusing each other of violating the ceasefire. Defense Ministry spokesman breakaway Donetsk people’s Republic Eduard Basurin said on Monday that Ukrainian military contracts to the contact line in the Donbass tanks and artillery. In turn, the General staff of the Armed forces of Ukraine announced the arrest in the night of 11 July, subversive groups of 20 people who tried to sneak to the rear of the Ukrainian troops. The report reveals that one of the “saboteurs” were killed and appeared the citizen of Russia by Nathan Zakirova.
Last week Moscow and Kiev have raised concerns in connection with possible escalation of the conflict in the Donbass. The Russian foreign Ministry on Wednesday, July 6, said that Kiev can prepare for a new military operation in the Donbass. The next day, the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andrei Parubiy said about the “greater risk” of intensified fighting in the Donbass in the coming months. According to him, “the Kremlin planned for this period of escalation in Ukraine.”
In conversation with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and President of France Francois Hollande, President Putin stated about the provocative actions of the Ukrainian security forces. He urged them to influence the Kiev to perform Minsk agreements.
Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly accused Russia of aiding militias in the Donbass. Moscow has repeatedly denied both financial and some military assistance to the breakaway republics. In recent weeks, the Ukrainian side of the conflict repeatedly declared about the escalation of hostilities and ceasefire violations.