Donbass: two facts of violation of the full ceasefire noted
The Trilateral Contact Group notes that the Ukrainian side will do everything to prevent the breakdown of the ceasefire in Donbass&# 160;
KIEV – Ukraine demands that Russia put an end to provocations that led to shelling on Sunday by illegal armed groups in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
This is stated in the commentary of the Office of the President of Ukraine, which is published on September 7 by the Ukrainian National News Agency. «Ukrinform».
«Ukraine has carefully studied both attacks and regards them as two separate and distinct incidents committed with a provocative purpose. We demand that Russia intervene in the situation and influence the provocative behavior of illegal armed groups in Donetsk and Luhansk regions in order to maintain the ceasefire.», – stressed in the Office of the President of Ukraine.
The Office of the Head of the Ukrainian State noted that the day before, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a special meeting on the shelling of terrorist organizations «LPR», «DPR», due to which one Ukrainian soldier was killed and one was wounded.
According to the Facebook page of the Joint Forces Operation, on September 6, two violations of the full and comprehensive ceasefire by the armed formations of the Russian Federation were recorded in the area of the Joint Forces operation..
«In the area of the village of Krasnogorovka, Donetsk region, the enemy opened targeted fire from an AGS-17, as a result of which one soldier was injured. Near Prichepilovka, Luhansk Oblast, the enemy opened fire on our positions with small arms. In response to enemy shelling, the Joint Forces used standby fire weapons. Unfortunately, as a result of the shelling, one Ukrainian defender was killed», – highlighted in the message of the Joint Forces Command.
Individual provocations by CADLO cannot and will not become the basis for disrupting the peace process. This is stated on September 6 in a message on the website of the leader of Ukraine following an expanded meeting of the leadership of the Ukrainian delegation in the Trilateral Contact Group.
«We greatly appreciate the complete and comprehensive ceasefire that was achieved on 27 July. That is why we are constantly monitoring how the agreements are being implemented, and it is important for us that the Normandy Process yields results as soon as possible. The Ukrainian side will do everything to prevent the breakdown of the ceasefire in Donbass», – emphasized the head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group Leonid Kravchuk.
The meeting participants stated that «the Ukrainian side will do everything to prevent the breakdown of the ceasefire in Donbass».
Earlier, on the line of contact
Recall that a month ago it was recorded «continuation of the full and comprehensive ceasefire in Donbas». According to the press service of President Volodymyr Zelensky on August 7, in two days the leader of Ukraine drove more than a hundred kilometers along the demarcation line and «personally convinced that the regime of a complete and comprehensive ceasefire is in force».
Based on the results of the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group on July 22 in the format of a videoconference, it was decided that from 00:01 on July 27, 2020, the regime of a complete and comprehensive ceasefire must be observed..
«Within the political group, it was noted that a complete and comprehensive ceasefire is a basic prerequisite for a political settlement. After all, elections in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine are possible only under the following conditions», – noted in a message on the website of the President of Ukraine.
Truce according to the Kremlin’s logic
Co-founder and head of the First Volunteer Mobile Hospital. N. Pirogova Gennady Druzenko believes that the truce process in Donbass can be compared with a chess game in the political life of Ukraine.
«If combat losses began – then what kind of truce is this? Now Vladimir Putin is showing that he is a player in the Ukrainian political landscape – this is, in fact, blackmail, which forces Volodymyr Zelenskyy to actively move forward on the implementation of the Minsk agreements, Russia is more interested in the political part, Ukraine – safety part», – says Gennady Druzenko to the correspondent of the Russian Service «Voices of America».
At the same time, Gennady Druzenko notes that the return of the occupied parts of Donbass requires not only components known and discussed by experts and politicians, but also, for example, the process of ideological, cultural, social rehabilitation..
«If Donbass is returned to Ukraine without rehabilitation – it’s like stitching cancer into the body. For seven years people killed each other, children and relatives died, but even after that there is no repentance on the other side. And Russia has a desire to return the occupied territories de jure, and leave control over them de facto», – notes Gennady Druzenko.
He believes that the «freezing» conflict in Donbass may be the best option, comparing with the possibility of a hasty implementation of the political part of the Minsk agreements.
«Zelensky must behave like a statesman and hold a position. Return and control over the border, return to the Ukrainian legal space – this is a long-term work with the population, ideologization, the renewal of Ukrainian statehood and symbols, access to various sources of information, and then holding elections», – claims Gennady Druzenko.
Diametrically opposite approaches
Political scientist Taras Chornovil believes that the approaches to the truce of Vladimir Zelensky and Vladimir Putin are diametrically opposed.
«The main thing for Zelensky, as he said before the elections, is that they just stop shooting, that it is quiet and not too high a price, so that there are no serious problems in Ukraine. But Putin has another task, and he does not hide it – non-recognition of the Ukrainian state, statements that there is no such people, no language, Ukrainian statehood – “falsification of Austro-Hungarian politicians”. His job comes down to one – minimizing the sovereign rights of Ukraine, undermining them with the help of CADLO, internal misunderstanding», – Taras Chornovil says to the correspondent of the Russian Service «Voices of America».
When asked what the results of the truce should be, when the final point of this process, he replies that «this truce in Putin’s plans does not matter at all».
«The violation of the truce is demonstrative and indicative, it could be a message from Putin to Zelensky – the more concessions from Zelenskiy, the more Putin will demand general concessions. The armistice issue – as part of the mechanism «batog and gingerbread» – showed a truce, returned a certain number of prisoners of war, after that again «included» option of blackmail and pressure», – emphasizes Taras Chornovil.