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What will new Minsk memorandum bring?

September 22, 2014

Ukraine is ready to comply with demands, Russia and separatists need to think


What will new Minsk memorandum bring?

The inscription says: Peace to you

Ukraine is ready to comply with demands of Minsk memorandum, but separatists and Russia speak about the necessity of more time and additional agreements.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko considers signing of Minsk memorandum an important step to establishment of peace in the East of the country.

According to the president the document gives details on the ceasefire mechanism.

Poroshenko is sure that despite the failure of ceasefire agreements from the side of separatists, Donbas conflict in on the stage of de-escalation.

Ukrainian militants continue to fight during the ceasefire.

The National Security and Defense Council states that Ukrainian army is ready to retreat to establish buffer zone since September 20, but they would do it only in case of complete ceasefire and only simultaneously with retreat of Russian fighters.

On September 22 NDSC saw progress in the ceasefire: border duards hadn’t noticed any drone during the last 24 hours.

According to NSDC Info Centre speaker Andriy Lysenko absence of drones signifies that DNR and LNR [Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics] have began to fulfill the demands of the ceasefire, though not completely.

Still there are many negative attitudes towards Mins memorandum in Ukrainian society. Some of them are expressed by oppositional political power and might be considered part of pre-election agitation.

Separatists representatives state that it would be difficult to fulfil the demands of the memorandum during the lack of trust between the sides of the conflict [taken into account that terrorists didn’t fulfil with the previous ceasefire agreements, this statement even seems true, only separatists forget to mention who is the source of the problem].

So, despite all diplomatic efforts and peaceful initiatives, Ukraine continues to live on the principle ‘want peace – prepare for war’.


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