UN, 23 Feb – RIA Novosti. Kiev risks losing the DPR and LPR if it does not stop geopolitical adventures and begin to implement the Minsk agreements, Dmitry Polyansky, the first deputy representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, said at a meeting of the UN General Assembly.
On Tuesday, the UN General Assembly held a meeting dedicated to the “situation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.” A number of Western delegations called on Russia to comply with the Minsk agreements, while the Russian Federation has repeatedly pointed out that it is not a party to the agreements.
Polyansky pointed out that Kiev's “adherence” to the Minsk agreements is “just a beautiful and convenient myth for the West, which has nothing to do with reality.”
“However, the statement of Ukrainian officials testifies to the attitude of the Ukrainian leadership towards the Minsk agreements. I will mention here the eloquent words of President Zelensky. I quote:” The Minsk agreements are necessary not for a settlement, but for the preservation of sanctions against Russia. “
According to him, at the international level, representatives of Kiev, with the support of Western states, declare that Ukraine fulfills the Minsk agreements, “Russia does not fulfill them, about which not a word is said in the agreements.”
“Such a reckless game of Kiev and its Western colleagues can have the most negative consequences for Ukraine. We have repeatedly warned about this,” Polyansky said.
“Kiev in its time pushed Crimea and Donbass away from itself by its soulless and criminal actions. The Crimeans have made their choice and they will not be returned. Donetsk and Luhansk people are still leaving the door open. To prevent it from closing, Ukraine needs to end its geopolitical games as soon as possible. and finally begin to implement the Minsk agreements – point by point, as they were formulated and signed, “the diplomat said.
There is simply no other way with an optimistic scenario for Ukraine, he added.
Polyansky recalled that the ultimate goal of the implementation of the Minsk agreements is the return of Donbass to Ukraine. “However, a prerequisite for this is a direct dialogue between Kiev and Donetsk and Lugansk with the mediation of the OSCE and Russia, the development together with them of a special status for certain areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions. Ukraine rejects such a dialogue from the very beginning,” he said.
At the same time, according to him, shelling of residential areas, sabotage, economic and infrastructural blockade continues from Kiev. Polyansky recalled that a law on the Ukrainian language came into force in Ukraine, “according to which a punishment is provided for speaking Russian in a public place.” “The whitewashing and praise of the Nazi henchmen who helped the Nazis, including in the mass extermination of Jews, reached unprecedented proportions. Freedom of speech and the media are being violated,” Polyansky stressed.
“Do you think that under such a scenario, Donetsk and Luhansk residents will want to return to Ukraine as soon as possible. A legitimate question arises, what is the incentive and sense for Donetsk and Lugansk to return to such a Ukraine, a Ukraine that every day misleads the world community and spreads misinformation about them, he calls them occupiers on their own land, “Polyansky said.
“The solution to problems in eastern Ukraine is exclusively in Ukraine itself. The sooner Kiev understands this, the better,” he added.
On February 12, 2015, Minsk hosted many hours of negotiations between the leaders of the Normandy Four countries. At the same time, a meeting of the contact group on resolving the situation in Ukraine took place. As a result of the meetings, a set of measures was adopted to implement the Minsk agreements. The document, consisting of 13 points, provides, in particular, a ceasefire in Donbass, the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the demarcation line between the Kiev security forces and the militia, as well as other measures for a long-term political settlement of the situation in Donbass.
In April 2014, the Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation against the self-proclaimed LPR and DPR, which declared independence after the coup d'etat in Ukraine in February 2014. According to the latest UN data, about 13 thousand people became victims of the conflict.
The issue of resolving the situation in Donbass is being discussed, including during the meetings in Minsk of the contact group, which since September 2014 has already adopted three documents regulating steps to de-escalate the conflict. However, after the armistice agreements between the parties to the conflict, shootings continue.