DONETSK, 6 Mar – RIA Novosti. Deputy of the People's Council of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic Vladislav Berdichevsky called the threat of “radical steps” voiced by Kiev as sabotage of the Minsk talks.
Earlier, the head of the Kiev delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbass, Leonid Kravchuk, threatened to take “radical steps” if the Russian Federation does not recognize itself as a party to the conflict. “With Kravchuk's arrival, the rhetoric in the Minsk talks has changed: in the contact group, Ukraine constantly insists that Russia is a party to the conflict. and Ukraine will not talk about anything and negotiate with the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, despite the fact that representatives of Russia and even representatives of the OSCE have repeatedly pointed out that in the Minsk agreements there is no mention of Russia as a party to the conflict, “RIA said. News Berdichevsky.
He noted that in all the documents of the Minsk negotiation process, the DPR and LPR are indicated as the parties with whom it is necessary to negotiate. “I understand that Kravchuk was specially appointed to ruin the Minsk process. Because he does not listen to anyone's opinion. This is all done for for us to withdraw from the Minsk agreements. For Ukraine, their implementation is impossible and non-implementation of them is also impossible … This is a complete sabotage and it has been going on for a long time, “said the agency's source.
Relations between Moscow and Kiev have deteriorated against the background of the situation in Donbass. The Ukrainian authorities have previously repeatedly accused Russia of interfering in the country's internal affairs. In January 2015, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a statement in which the Russian Federation is called an “aggressor country”. Russia denies the accusations of the Ukrainian side and calls them unacceptable. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to the internal Ukrainian conflict and is interested in Kiev overcoming the political and economic crisis.
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, even after the armistice agreements between the parties to the conflict, shootings continue.