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Ukraine disrupts ceasefire in Donbas on purpose

Author : Serhiy Dontsov

Source : korrespondent.net

The OSCE reports growing numbers of attacks on a daily basis
18:14, 8 April 2021

Donbas area
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Kyiv has met a pre-condition for security talks in the Minsk contact group, and released the text of Ukraine's commitments in terms of ceasefire.

The document may be found on the websites of Ukraine's Defense Ministry and National Security and Defense Council on March 27, 2021.

The commitments cite the agreement signed on July 23, 2020, when the sides agreed on ceasefire. So, what's in these commitments that Kyiv pledged to take? The writing's on the wall: "the return fire in case of offensive actions is only allowed if it is opened by the order of respective command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the command of armed forces of ORDLO (representatives of the Russian militants in Donbas, - 112 International), after the failed attempt to use the coordination mechanism".

Thus, an extra safety plug was set to prevent chaotic and uncontrolled fire.

However, on July 27, 2020, Ukraine's Defense Ministry, in fact, allowed Ukrainian military servicemen to make their own decisions about opening fire "if the enemy breaches ceasefire and creates a threat for their lives."

In March and April 2021, it already led to everyday attacks on the division lines, which was repeatedly confirmed by the OSCE.

Related: Merkel, Putin discuss escalation in Donbas

Leonid Kravchuk who chairs the Ukrainian delegation in the Trilateral Contact Group put it in an even tougher way: "I would act on a tit-for-tat basis: every shot should be returned". The statement was made on February 7, 2021, that is, almost seven months after the agreed formulations on the ceasefire took effect. At that, Kyiv did not withdraw from the deal officially. And whenever a deal on a ceasefire is adapted loosely, it is not the deal anymore.

So, basically, what do we see?

Instead of moving to peace, to continuation of peace process and peace talks, the Ukrainian delegation in the trilateral contact group took action to break the process. That's what all actions by Kravchuk, Reznikov (Minister for re-integration of Donbas), and Arestovych (speaker of the Ukrainian delegation) are aimed at. 

Previously, it was only Russia that complained about the destructive position taken by Kyiv; but now, France and Germany, in fact, supported Russia's stance, avoiding inviting Zelensky for talks about the fate of Donbas. That's because there's nothing to talk about with him...

Related: Escalation in Donbas: Putin accused Ukraine of imitating a military threat

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