Ukraine Accuses DPR, LPR of Failing to Abide by Minsk Agreements
Ukraine's envoy to the United Nations Yuriy Sergeyev has claimed that militia of DPR and LPR in Donbas are failing to abide by the Minsk Agreements.
Speaking to the UN Security Council on Tuesday, Sergeyev said that hopes for peace in Ukraine have been destroyed as the agreements signed in Minsk on February 12 are not being followed through. "Unfortunately, despite hope from all the parties over the fulfillment of all the commitments, non-compliance with the agreements had ruined the prospect for peace," Sergeyev said.
The situation in the town of Debaltsevo, where Kiev forces are encircled by independence fighters, remains particularly tense, the envoy added, claiming that Donbas militia plan to attack the city of Kharkov after they destroy all the soldiers trapped in Debaltsevo.
A ceasefire was reached between the two sides in September but was not observed, and in early 2015 hostilities in Ukraine's southeast intensified, with Debaltsevo being one of the hotspots. After 16-hour talks held by the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany in the Belarusian capital, Minsk the ceasefire came into force on February 15.