Zakharchenko: Only the Minsk Agreements Can Bring the War to an End

Translated by Ollie Richardson

20:14:02
23/02/2017

vesti.ru

The Minsk Agreements provide the only way to solve the conflict in Donbass peacefully, said the head of the self-proclaimed DPR Aleksandr Zakharchenko.

“Each of us will have our challenges in the political solution. We have our own aims, they are quite diametrical, but it is the only platform where we can do something in a peaceful manner,” he declared on the air of the Russia-24 TV channel.

The authorities of Ukraine in April, 2014, began a military operation against the self-proclaimed LPR and the DPR, which declared their independence after a coup d’etat in Ukraine in February, 2014. According to all available data from the UN, more than 10,000 people [a gross and deliberate underestimate, in reality it is closer to 100,000 – ed] have perished as a result of the conflict. The question of a settlement of the situation in Donbass is being discussed, including during meetings in Minsk of the contact group, which since September, 2014, passed already three documents regulating the steps for a de-escalation of the conflict. However, after the armistice agreements between the parties of the conflict the fighting continues.

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