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Zelensky says Kyiv cannot leave agreements on Donbass

11:44, 25 December 2020
Zelensky says Kyiv cannot leave agreements on Donbass Photo: Alexander Rekun/Global Look Press

Ukraine cannot withdraw from the Minsk agreements concerning Donbas, President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday.

He earlier signed a law providing for the extension of a procedure for local self-government in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions for a year.

The Minsk agreements were developed in 2015 to resolve the conflict in Donbas, which erupted a year earlier. Then the Luhansk and Donetsk regions of Ukraine proclaimed themselves independent republics (LPR and DPR). It happened amid the change of power in the country as a result of the Maidan. No state recognizes the DPR and LPR.

The Minsk agreements, among other things, imply a ceasefire, the withdrawal of foreign troops, an exchange of prisoners, the restoration of full control over the state border from Ukraine. Both Kyiv and the separatists regularly accuse each other of violating these points.

As I said at one of the briefings, we cannot simply withdraw from the Minsk agreements. Because the Europeans can lift sanctions against Russia and the ORDLO representatives. But personally I would go out, the Focus magazine quotes Zelensky.

NEWS.ru reported earlier that Gamaleya Center weighed the possibility of supplying the Russian vaccine to Ukraine.