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The EU in the annual report has announced stalling of the Minsk settlement - RIA Novosti, 11/9/2018


Flag of the EU in the headquarters of the European Union in Brussels. Archival photo
BRUSSELS, 9 Nov – RIA Novosti. The EU has stated in the annual report on implementation of the agreement on association with Ukraine on the "clogged" process of the Minsk settlement, having noted very unstable situation in Donbass with daily violations of truce on both sides. © RIA Novosti / Pavel Palamarchuk Pereyti in Tymoshenko's image bank considers the Minsk Agreement insufficient for the world on Donbass "the Situation in the field of safety in the east of Ukraine remains very intense and unstable. Despite a number of new obligations to ceasefire, the situation is still characterized by daily violations of a ceasefire regime on both sides, use of heavy weapons, destruction of crucial civil infrastructure and considerable distribution of mines" — it is said in the report. "On the diplomatic front the Minsk process remains clogged. … No notable progress in efforts on settlement of the conflict in area of safety and in a political sphere has been reached. Work of SMM OSCE continues to face obstacles, generally in uncontrollable to the authorities regions of the East of Ukraine, in particular, near the Russian border" — it is specified in the document. In the report it is also noted that the humanitarian situation in the east of Ukraine "still causes serious concern and continues to represent a call for the country" the fifth year in a row. To the report it is specified in the comment of European Commission that "the EU continues to support diplomatic efforts on search of a peace and long-term solution to the conflict in the east of Ukraine through full implementation of the Minsk Agreement" and also "condemns illegal annexation of the Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, construction of the bridge through the Kerch Strait without the consent of Ukraine and further militarization of the peninsula and the Sea of Azov". The Crimea became the Russian region after the referendum held there in March, 2014 on which 96,77% of voters of the Republic of Crimea and 95,6% of residents of Sevastopol have supported entry into structure of the Russian Federation. The Crimean authorities have held a referendum after a coup d'etat in Ukraine in February, 2014. Ukraine still considers the Crimea the, but temporarily occupied territory. The leadership of the Russian Federation repeatedly said that residents of the Crimea in the democratic way, in full accordance with international law and the Charter of the UN have voted for reunion with Russia. According to the Russian President Vladimir Putin, the question of the Crimea "is closed finally". The authorities of Ukraine in April, 2014 have begun the military operation against self-proclaimed LPR and the DPR which have declared independence after a coup d'etat in Ukraine in February, 2014. According to all available data from the UN, more than 10 thousand people became the victims of the conflict. The issue of settlement of a situation in Donbass is discussed, including during the meetings in Minsk of contact group which since September, 2014 has accepted already three documents regulating steps on a conflict de-escalation. However and after armistice agreements between parties of the conflict firefights continue.

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