Minsk Agreement 2014 Full Text

In the midst of a major reduction in violence, following an agreement to resume the implementation of Minsk II concluded on 1 September, the four from Normandy held a meeting on 2 October. At the meeting, it was agreed that the elections will be held in the conflict zone, in accordance with Minsk II. [71] On that date, French President Francois Hollande said that the elections should be postponed to 2016, as it would take three months to prepare them. [71] Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed to use his influence to prevent the DPR and LPR from holding early elections. [71] As a result, the DPR and LPR announced on 6 October that their scheduled elections had been postponed to 21 February 2016. [72] Municipal elections in the rest of Ukraine continued on 25 October 2015. After the postponement, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that if OSCE observers verified that the elections scheduled in the separatist regions were in line with Ukrainian law and Minsk II, the “Special Status Act” of those territories would immediately come into force. [73] As reported by the Ukrainian news agency UNIAN on 27 December 2018, no provision of the Minsk agreement has been fully implemented. [26] The Ukrainian Parliament approved on 17 March a law on the “special status” for the Donbass, as stipulated by Minsk II [56] Later, in 2019, the Ukrainian Parliament voted on Thursday to extend the rules providing for limited autonomy to separatist-controlled eastern regions, a precondition for a five-year settlement of the conflict. [57] The law was immediately criticized by Ukrainian politicians, separatist leaders and the Russian government. The president of the Radical Party, Oleg Lyaschko, said that the law was “a vote in favour of the de facto recognition of the Russian occupation in the Donbass”. Parliament`s Deputy Speaker Andriy Paroubiy said the law was “not for Putin or for the occupiers” but to show Europe that Ukraine was ready to stick to Minsk II.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the law was a “severe deviation from the Minsk agreements.” [56] Representatives of LPR and DPR stated that the law was a “unilateral” amendment to Minsk II and that the amendment invalidated the agreement. [58] DPR Chief Alexander Zakharchenko stated that any changes to Minsk II, which had not been agreed in a consensus, were “legally null and void” and that “nothing that had been agreed in Minsk was done”.