13 500 attacks on Ukrainian positions took place since Donbas conflict started, said Ukraine's Pavlo Klimkin. The diplomat held a speech at the UN Security Council meeting held in New York on December 11. The official spoke about the most burning issues for Ukraine and its society - the war-torn Donbas, the illegal occupation of Crimea and the investigation in the downing of the MH17 aircraft.
"We expected all provisions of the Minsk agreement to be fulfilled by the end of the passing year. It didn't happen, and the peace is not there yet. One can only make peace if he wants peace. Ukraine does, because peace is our chance to survive", the minister said.
According to him, while Russia failed to do anything for peace in Donbas, Ukraine maintained peace in cooperation with the OSCE, paid wages and pensions and provided humanitarian aid, supporting those who live in the areas adjacent to the frontline.
"Russia, on the other hand, did nothing for peace in eastern Ukraine. Russia-backed militants deploy their reinforcements, attack Ukrainian positions andliving quarters and destroy the infrastructure. They do not hesitate to use the heavy weaponry, which harms the ceasefire, and block OSCE monitors from doing their job in certain areas of Donbas. Russia continues to hold captive Ukrainian citizens - Savchenko, Sentsov, Kolchenko and others", Klimkin said.
Minsk agreements are the only way to put an end to this bloodshed and to avoid the full-scale war, the Foreign Minister stressed.
"Russia must adhere to resolutions of the UN Security Council, stop any armed provocations, withdraw its troops and weaponry and cooperate with Ukraine for full restoration of control over the state border. The Kremlin should also ensure fair and transparent elections in Donbas, which would meet requirements of the OSCE and the Ukrainian law. If any of these conditions is violated, the ceasefire won't last", Klimkin said.
Speaking of the investigation in the downing of the MH17 aircraft, he stressed that Ukraine and its foreign partners are now working on a mechanism to set the international tribunal, which is supposed to bring to responsibility thos who downed the civilian aircraft. "I hope the UN Security Council will continue to pay due attention to the case as families of the MH7 victims demand justice", said the Ukrainian diplomat.
Having mentioned Russia's occupation of Crimea, Klimkin reiterated that Russia is fully responsible for all human rights violations taking place in the occupied territories. The official added that Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians remain the most oppressed national minorities on the peninsula.
Concluding his speech, Klimkin remembered that by UN official estimates, about 9,000 people have been killed in the bloody Donbas conflict. "Their murderers must be and will be punished. We will not sacrifice our freedom, and after the war is over, we will make our own decisions and choices. Whoever thinks he can break Ukraine... he's wrong", Pavlo Klimkin said.