Terrorist leader rejects key points of Minsk agreements

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2015/02/14 • War in the Donbas

Alexander Zakharchenko, the “Prime Minister” of Donetsk republic, has made several important announcements effectively rejecting key points of the agreements negotiated in Minsk and signed by terrorist representatives on Wednesday, February 12.

According to Russian state agency Ria Novosti, Zakharchenko stated that DNR forces would not cease fire in its “internal regions”, apparently meaning the town of Debaltseve and its surrounding area, where the advance has continued in the days before the announced ceasefire (to come into effect on midnight, February 15). He alleged that Debaltseve was not mentioned in the Minsk agreements and accuses the Ukrainian government of leaving thousands of soldiers inside what Russian media calls an encirclement to their fates.

Furthermore, Zakharchenko refused to let Ukrainian border guards enter the occupied territories, in violation of the agreements’ provision to restore Ukraine’s control over the border with Russia. This point of the agreements is perhaps the most essential, as Russian equipment, supplies and troops have been flowing through the border for many months now.

Finally, Zakharchenko said local elections in Eastern Ukraine will be held according to “local law”, yet to be adopted. The Minsk agreement provides for elections of local deputies under Ukrainian law, in order to elect legitimate representatives of Eastern Ukraine for the “national dialog” Russia keeps insisting on. However, Zakharchenko promised no Ukrainian parties “taking part in the war against us” would be allowed to take part in the elections, which could look like the sham elections held in the occupied territories on November 2, which “legitimized” the Russian proxies’ hold to power.

A continued push to capture Debaltseve, uninterrupted flow of Russian “aid” to the terrorists and another bogus election would effectively render the Minsk agreements pointless. It is unclear if Zakharchenko’s attempts to undermine the Minsk agreements is his own initiative or another proxy move by Russian authorities in another attempt to win more concessions from Ukraine and the West, but with the ceasefire only hours away, it certainly undermines the enormous diplomatic effort toward a peaceful resolution of the conflict we’ve seen through the past week.

Update: Zakharchenko also claimed the whole of Donetsk region to be DNR territory (despite controlling less than half of it) and issued a thinly veiled threat of taking it back militarily if the “demands of de facto independence” aren’t met. This is evidenced by a video of his press conference uploaded on Youtube by the “DNR Ministry of Information”.

  • disqus60

    Of course he rejects… this was never intended to be a real deal. These people are interested only in destroying and killing because he feels himself empowered with the weapons flow he receives from Putler. These type of people you cannot make peace with, they only must be defeated. Sad.

  • Murf

    Boy was I wrong.
    I said earlier the ceasefire wouldn’t a day.
    It didn’t even get implemented.
    This is what comes when you treat with people who have false intentions.

    • StumpedNoMore2

      Murf, their whole goal was to get all of Donbas and create a land bridge to Crimea. This whole agreement was a farce and it will allow Putin to keep supplying the insurgents with more weapons. In addition, it seems to have stopped the US at the moment from sending defensive weapons because the West was going to Minsk to compromise no matter what. It was a desperate flight that has embolden Putin and his proxies even more.

    • LorCanada

      I just knew the cruddy rebels would be the fly in the ointment!

  • Richard Hoover

    PUTIN WILL ATTEND A 24 HOUR SUMMIT AND WEAR A TIE TO GET HIS FACE ON TV,,,AND THEN GET MORE NEWS AS THE AGGRESSOR MACHO MAN WHO CARRIES THE WORLDS HAMMER ON A HORSE,,THE RUSSIAN BOAGATIR ,,,,ON HIS HORSE,,,HE EMULATES HIMSELF AS THE FAMOUS PAINTINGS IN THE HERMITAGE,,,,,,, IM WAITING FOR THE PAINTING TO BE HUNG THERE IN THE FUTURE ON A HUGE WALL,,,WITH HIS OWN HORSE TAKING A CRAP ON HIS HEAD,,,AND KICKING HIS HEAD OFF HIS SHOULDERS FOR ATTCKING THE FIRST HORSEMEN OF THE WORLD ,,THE SCYTHIANS AND SARMATIAN HORDES WHO DOMESTICATED THE HORSE AS A WAY TO MOVE,,ON TOP OF THEM,,,THE GREEKS SAW THEM AND MADE SCULPTURES THAT WERE HALF MAN AND HORSE,,PEGASUS? THEY WERE INSPIRED BY THE AWSOMME SIGHT OF THE WORLDS GREATEST BOW AND HORSEMEN,,,,,,SCYTHIANS OF UKRAINE,,WHO MIXED WITH THE SLAVS OVER THE MILLENIUMS.,,,,DONT HORSE AROUND WITH UKRAINES COSSACKS ,,,THEY ARE THE SAME BLOOD AND GUTS! PUTIN IS AN OFFSHOOT OF A MUDDY PUDDLE IN FINNO UGRO LAND MOSCOW,,MOSS–LAND!

    MOSKVA—-MEANS MOSSLAND FINNO UGRIAN BORROW FROM MOSS IN THE NORDIC TOUNGUE……..MUD MAN WITH A GUN,,,,BOUGHT A SUIT AND CLAIMED TO BE A POLITICIAN WARRIOR OF THE WORLD….THUGGISH EVIL LIKE ISIS!

  • Michel Cloarec

    Once a killer, always a killer ! He knows that a ceasefire is the end of his empire !
    He will have to go back to work for a leaving !

  • Jacks Channel

    Consider the fact that the reasons that Putin and the separatists are using to justify this war have been proven to be false. They deserve nothing. I say lets war it out to the bitter end.

  • Bynk
  • Richard Hoover

    ZAKARCHENKO,,, a Ukrainian last name,,traitor sabotaguer like the nkvd kgb ,he must have been Sovietized and Russiafied to death as a kid too. Red scarf pioneer hating the west and democracy.,,,Red Scarf kids that were controlled how to think and what to dream,,,,within limits. Now to kill again.

  • Murf

    In 48 hours it will be painfully clear that the the ceasefire is not going to stick.

    Putin will have metaphorically blown his nose on Angie.

    Now there will be no way Obama can stop the Congress from allocating as much nd hat ever as they feel like to Ukraine.

    It will be time to load the C-17s with TOW missiles, encrypted radios, counter battery radars.

    You name it.

    They tried to put together a compromise in which everybody got something they wanted and that wasn’t good enough.

    This will only come to an end when there is a clear military defeat by one side.

    Best we make sure it’s our side.

  • Anders Nielsen

    There are challenges ahead.

    OSCE mandate must be strengthened so they can do better monitoring.

    Kiev must be better to show they uphold the text in Minsk II.

    Read this article, an interesting angle that will work if Kiev and EU keep their act together.

    http://euromaidanpress.com/2015/02/18/putin-lost-minsk-interview-portnikov/