UN Chief Urges Minsk Deal Implementation on Eastern Europe Visit
May 8 / Ban Ki-moon called for a full implementation of the Minsk agreements at a trilateral meeting with the presidents of Poland and Ukraine.
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a full implementation of the Minsk agreements at a trilateral meeting with the presidents of Poland and Ukraine on Thursday … More at Sputnik
Zakharchenko: Expect Terrorist Acts & Provocations on May 8th
May 6, 2015
The head of the DPR said that ‘special groups’ will be sent to the republic to commit terrorist acts. “According to our intelligence, Ukrainian security forces will make provocations on May 8th”, he said. Zakharchenko said that several subterfuge units will be sent to commit terrorist acts in the DPR. Also the head of the DPR said in passing that the contact groups were in negotiations in Minsk to resolve the situation in the Donbass. “While negotiations are still going, there are no specific results. I hope that by the end they will have something clear. Frankly, do not expect anything”, – said Alexander Zakharchenko. “There has been no movement towards compliance with the Minsk agreements in the areas that Ukraine has not observed.”
Stategic Culture Foundation Commentary: Frustrated Poroshenko Begs Alms at Donors Conference. Apparently, none of the “donors” showed up at the Europe-Ukraine summit Donors’ Conference April 28. Author Dmitry Minin notes, “Petro Poroshenko made offhand remarks at the beginning to say the risks of investments into the Ukraine’s economy should not be exaggerated. Talking about the strategy, he offered the Five Ds program prepared by his friend Mikheil Saakashvili, which includes deoligarchation (getting rid of tycoons), demonopolization, deregulation, decentralization and debureaucratisation. Arseniy Yatsenyuk said something to cause confusion among participants. Jokingly, he offered a swap. According to him, Jean Claude Juncker could become President of Ukraine in ten years with Poroshenko taking his office as President of the European Commission. Nobody thought it was really funny.” Rounding up his detailed account, Minin adds, “The sums newly announced at the conference include $35 million from Norway, $66 from Canada, $100 million from Switzerland and even $100 million from Serbia to support refugees. This is not enough to save ‘the founding fathers of Ukrainian democracy.'” See Donors Conference on Ukraine – Stretching Out Hand for Miserable Pittance (May 7), by Dmitry Minin.
Minsk Group Makes ‘Breakthrough’ on Ukraine Reconciliation Talks
May 6, 2015
The Contact Group on Ukraine met in Minsk to discuss the implementation of Minsk Agreements made in February.
The Contact Group on Ukraine made significant progress in reconciliation talks, Russian envoy Azamat Kulmukhametov said on Wednesday. The four contact subgroups will discuss issues of security, politics, refugees and displaced persons, as well as economic ties, according to Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE) envoy Heidi Tagliavini. “A serious step was made on the path of the political resolution of the crisis. We managed to determine concrete dates for the work of the sub-groups,” Kulmukhametov said. Ukrainian envoy Leonid Kuchma said that the security subgroup will discuss the removal of tanks and mortars from the line of contact between Ukraine and the Donbass republics. The idea of deploying peacekeepers to the region was not discussed, according to Kuchma.
The subgroups will meet on May 14, May 19 and May 22, according to Lugansk People’s Republic envoy Vladislav Deynego. “The most important thing is that the dialogue between Ukraine and the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics has begun. We hope that it will continue and all decisions will be made on the basis of compromise,” the Donetsk People’s Republic’s envoy Denis Pushilin said, adding that a breakthrough has been achieved in the negotiations. Pushilin added that the political subgroup will discuss how local elections in the Donbass will be conducted.
Serious step made in Minsk to resolve Ukrainian crisis
May 6, 2015
A serious step to resolve the crisis in Ukraine was made in Minsk on 6 May, BelTA learned from Azamat Kulmukhametov, Russia’s representative in the contact group on Ukraine, after the group’s session in Minsk on 6 May. “One can say that a serious step towards a peaceful political resolution of the crisis has been made today. After a number of difficulties as part of the fulfillment and development of the Minsk accords we have managed to arrange a meeting of the working groups, determine specific dates for them to begin working, and determine the matters that need to be discussed,” noted Azamat Kulmukhametov. “Naturally it is a very important event. The most important thing is that it has been achieved through direct dialogue between representatives of Kiev, Donetsk, and Lugansk. What has been achieved today gives serious grounds to believe in future advancement along the way of peaceful resolution.” Azamat Kulmukhametov thanked OSCE special representative Heidi Tagliavini and OSCE coordinators, who had taken part in the meeting of the working groups, for their work. He thanked the Belarusian side for the warm welcome extended to all the participants of the contact group. “Without this hospitality it would have been difficult for us to work and difficult to achieve the results we have achieved,” he said. The representative of the Russian side said he believes that the meeting in Minsk would contribute to the cessation of fire and the resolution of further issues concerning security.
Taking part in the meeting were OSCE Special Representative Heidi Tagliavini, former President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma, representative of Russia Azamat Kulmukhametov, representatives of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deynego. The meeting was held behind closed doors. Quemado Institute comments: DPR/LPR Prime Ministers Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky were formally invited to Minsk for the May 6 meeting. They refused to attend, apparently in protest of Kiev’s violations. Have the two PMs missed an important diplomatic opportunity? Or was their refusal simply correct protocol? After all, they are Heads of State, and the meeting was not attended by other national leaders.
Zakharchenko: Minsk Agreements Are Violated. Donetsk People’s Republic Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko told a press briefing Wednesday May 6 that Ukraine has failed to abide by the measures of the agreements signed in Minsk February 12. The Tass News report may be found at Donetsk republic leader accuses Kiev of failing to honor Minsk deal (May 6).
The Pig Looks Tired. Kiev post-coup leader Petro Poroshenko claims the enemy [Novorossiya Armed Forces] boasts 40,000 regular troops and 50,000 reserves, that “the threat of a large-scale offensive from the side of Russian-backed militants has been growing,” and adds, “”Militants [NAF] regularly shell Ukrainian positions and civilians, conduct reconnaissance and subversive activity, [and] provoke skirmishes to disrupt a peaceful resolution to the conflict.” Apparently he’s dreaming while he’s awake. The Unian Information Agency article, entitled Poroshenko: over 90,000 Russian-backed militants, regular troops in Donbas (May 6), is located on the http://www.unian.info/war/ website.
Ashton Carter: Ukraine’s American Weapons Defensive Only. Unlike NATO Supreme Allied Commander General Philip Breedlove, who urged the US to send offensive weapons to Kiev, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter claims only defensive weapons support. [Is there a distinction?] See Sputnik article US Sends Defensive Arms to Kiev Amid Reported Buildup in Donbass (May 6). Quemado Institute comments: Despite our outrage that the American government supports Kiev, along with a real risk of military mission creep, for now, by our estimates, US aid is relatively minor. In fact, American trainers are likely inept and may render the UAF even less effective.
Poroshenko Condemns Donetsk Victory Day Parade. Kiev regime leader Petro Poroshenko has called the Victory Day Parade planned for Donetsk on Saturday, May 9, “unacceptable.” The Ukraine Today report alleges, “In the rehearsal that was staged on Tuesday (May 5), military vehicles pulled back from the frontline rolled through the streets of the rebel stronghold.” The report, entitled Ukrainian President Poroshenko condemns military parade held in occupied east Ukraine (May 6) is found at the uatoday.tv website. Editor’s note: The military vehicles to be used in the parade are items captured from the Ukrainian army and repaired by the DPR. All weapons have been neutralized.