Zakharchenko Urged Kiev to Sign Agreement on Disengagement in Donbass

Translated by Ollie Richardson


On Tuesday, September 20th, another round of talks on the situation in Donbass will be held in Minsk. The head of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko urged the Ukrainian side at the meeting to finally sign finally an agreement on the disengagement along the contact line in Donbass.

This is what the head of the Republic said to the TV channel “Russia 24”: “We are still supporters of the Minsk agreements, we really want peace. Tomorrow, Tuesday, a meeting of the contact sub-group on security will be held in Minsk. The question that will be discussed there is the signing of the document regulating the disengaging of units on the frontline. I recommend to Kiev to sign the document, which has been almost agreed to, and to not make additional corrections or changes, which they constantly do.”

Zakharchenko also appealed to the leadership of France and Germany — countries that were guarantors of “Minsk-2”, urging them to influence Kiev in the matter of signing of this agreement. “Otherwise, all the statements of Kiev about the fact that it is a supporter of “Minsk” and called for peace, would be another lie,” said the leader of the DPR.

Recall that last week in Kiev, and then in Donbass the Foreign Ministers of Germany and France Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Jean-Marc Ayrault visited, after which the “road map” for implementation of the Minsk agreements for Donbass was announced. On the first stage of complete ceasefire in Donbass from 15th September, both warring parties must agree on regions of withdrawal of troops and create the first three pilot zones of security. At the same time, Ukrainian parliamentarians are required to initiate the development of draft laws on elections in Donbass and on the special status of the region. However, judging by the statements coming from the Verkhovna Rada, Ukrainian legislators still don’t even want to talk about any status of Donbass.

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