KIEV, 9 March – RIA Novosti. Ukraine has finalized the plan for the peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbass, proposed by France and Germany, and is now waiting for its approval from Russia, said the head of the Ukrainian President's office Andriy Yermak during an online discussion on the topic “Conflict in the East of Ukraine: Prospects for 2021”.
“Today on the table is a specific peace plan proposed by Germany and France, finalized by Ukraine, which, as we believe, meets the spirit of Minsk (the Minsk agreements), complies with the norms of international law …”, the Ukrinform agency quotes Yermak …
According to the Ukrainian official, this is a “very powerful step” proposed by Germany and France. He expressed hope that the plan will become “the subject of a powerful discussion in a week or two” during a videoconference in the “Normandy format”.
On July 27, additional measures to ensure an armistice came into force in Donbass. Rhei imply a complete ban on firing, placing weapons in and near settlements, offensive and reconnaissance and sabotage actions. In addition, they provide for disciplinary liability for violations of the ceasefire. Ceasefire orders containing measures to maintain it must be in effect until the conflict is fully resolved.
In the spring of 2014, Kiev launched a military operation against the LPR and DPR, which declared their independence after the coup d'etat in the country. The settlement of the civil conflict is being discussed at the meetings of the contact group in Minsk. Since the fall of 2014, its participants have already adopted three documents that regulate steps to de-escalate the situation. Despite this, clashes and skirmishes between the parties are still ongoing.
In February 2015, the Minsk agreements were signed to resolve the situation in eastern Ukraine, They provide for a ceasefire, the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line, as well as a constitutional reform, the key elements of which should be decentralization and the adoption of a law on the special status of certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk areas. However, Ukrainian politicians constantly delay the implementation of this plan, as well as put forward ideas that contradict it.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has repeatedly called on the Ukrainian authorities to stop sabotaging the implementation of the Minsk agreements and not to shy away from direct dialogue with Donetsk and Lugansk.