Russia has not fulfilled a single clause of Minsk accords – Ukraine's foreign ministry

Russia has not fulfilled a single clause of Minsk accords – Ukraine's foreign ministryRussia, being a signatory to the Minsk peace accords, consisting of the Minsk Protocol, the memorandum and the package on the implementation of these agreements, has not fulfilled a single clause of the Minsk accords, Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

"As of today, none of these clauses has been fulfilled. Russian-controlled illegal armed groups continue to systematically and intensively shell Ukrainian troops' positions: January alone saw 1,200 attacks along the line of demarcation. Cases when heavy weapons have not been withdrawn are reported," Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maryana Betsa said at briefing in Kyiv on Thursday.

She also mentioned numerous facts when monitors from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine have faced restricted access; they were not allowed to work at the Ukrainian-Russian border in Donbas. She also mentioned incidents when OSCE SMM patrols had come under fire.

"The Russian side continues to move weapons, equipment and mercenaries across the border sector in Donetsk and Luhansk regions that is not controlled by Ukraine. The illegal armed groups enjoy full materiel support from Russia," she said.

What is more, the SBU Security Service of Ukraine has received evidence of "cooperation between terrorists and Russian officers from the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC)" of the Ceasefire and Stabilization of the Parties' Demarcation Line in Donbas. "There is proof that under the guise of the JCCC, Russian military personnel participate and control military exercises of the illegal armed groups, and bring military manuals and tactics books to the occupied territory."

"Such actions run counter to Russia's announced readiness for a peaceful solution [to the Donbas conflict] and demonstrate absolute unwillingness to meet its commitments undertaken under the Minsk agreements, which poses a threat to the peace process in Donbas. We call on the international community to step up influence on the Russian Federation to ensure the implementation of the Minsk agreements in full," Betsa said.

Source: Ukrinform
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