Fourth anniversary of Minsk agreements signature observed

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine has been holding on to the provisions of the document since it was signed in February 2015
16:46, 12 February 2019

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It's been exactly fourth anniversary since the day of signature of Minsk agreements.

In February 2015, a large group of Russian troops and pro-Kremlin militants was about to encircle Debaltseve, a major transport hub in Donetsk region. In the view of the complicated situation, leaders of France, Germany, Ukraine, and Russia tried to find a way to settle the crisis. On February 11, they met in the Belarusian capital for negotiations. The 13 provisions of the document stipulated a full bilateral ceasefire, the withdrawal of heavy weaponry, and all-for-all exchange of prisoners of war.

Related: EU demand to Russia on Minsk Agreements is unsustainable, - Russia's Lavrov

Besides, Minsk Trilateral Contact Group was settled to find ways to solve the ongoing armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. It includes Ukraine, Russia, and the OSCE as the mediator.

112 international reported that the UN Security Council would hold a session in New York today, on February 12. The fourth anniversary of the Minsk Agreements is the declared reason, as Oleg Mykolayenko, the Spokesperson of Ukraine’s Permanent Representation to UN, wrote on Facebook.

Related: Russia summons UN Security Council due to fourth anniversary of Minsk Agreements

Earlier, Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov called the demand of the EU to Russia to fulfill Minsk Agreement unsustainable as TASS news agency reported. “We have the common interest in the normalization of relations of Russia and the European Union and we confirmed our readiness to go as far as the EU is ready. We have emphasized the futility of the position of Brussels toward the normalization of the relations with Russia only if Moscow would fulfill Minsk Agreements on the Ukrainian settlement,” Lavrov stated.

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