Donetsk, Sep 23 – DAN. Ukraine signed the Minsk Agreements as the losing side, so it cannot dictate advantageous terms for itself in implementing them, Donetsk People’s Republic Head Denis Pushilin said during the Direct Line call-in session with Donbass residents on Tuesday.
“Ukraine signed the Minsk Agreements as the losing side, Pushilin said. “Starting from a certain moment, we saw in many sources that Kiev began to regard itself as the winning side trying to behave at the talks accordingly. As if it can now afford speculations on re-writing the agreements.”
The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was a compromise between the parties for the sake of settling the conflict in Donbass, and the Republics adhere to the terms of this document. For its part, Kiev has been going the way of sabotage and destructive actions up to date, he added.
“Ukraine is not withdrawing from the Minsk Agreements and overreacts when we ask it straight out “Are you going to fulfil the Agreements? If you aren’t, just say it.” “We are ready for any development of events, although we certainly support a peaceful settlement of the conflict. But listen, the losing side which signs documents cannot dictate any new terms,” the DPR leader said.
The Agreements dated September 5 and 19, 2014 and February 12, 2015 forged by the Contact Group in Minsk make groundwork for a peaceful settlement of the Donbass conflict. The Contact Group set forth a peace plan and agreed a ceasefire, then adopted the Memorandum on ceasefire implementation and later on the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements. It envisioned immediate and comprehensive ceasefire in Donbass starting February 15, 2015, withdrawal of heavy weapons, establishment of security zones, discussion of the modalities for the resumption of payment of pensions and allowances to DPR and LPR citizens, and constitutional reform in Ukraine which should result in deep decentralisation.*jk