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Ukraine's self-proclaimed republics' leaders say Minsk agreements do not work

November 10, 2014, 14:29 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Leaders of the self-proclaimed republics of eastern Ukraine say the agreements are not implemented because the Kiev authorities are no committed to them

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An armed man sits below a flag of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic

An armed man sits below a flag of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic

© AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic

MOSCOW, November 10. /TASS/. First Vice-Premier of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Andrey Purgin said on Monday the Minsk agreement aren't working.

“As of today the Minsk agreements are not working. There is no mechanism that controls them and that implements them,” Purgin said at metting of the committee of public support for eastern Ukraine in Russian parliament's upper house.

“It’s not the Minsk agreements' text itself that is bad, but the non-implementation of their provisions,” he said.

Chairman of the Luhansk People’s Republic People’s Council Alexey Karyakin said the Ukrainian authorities are not much committed to the agreements.

“We don’t refuse to implement the agreements. Moreover, we’re committed to them. If the Minsk meetings continue, we’ll continue to take part in them. The Ukrainian authorities don’t even send directly the leaders. Ukraine is represented by ex-president Leonid Kuchma at the meetings,” he said.

The Contact Group met in Minsk twice. The parties to the Ukrainian conflict agreed on ceasefire and exchange of prisoners during OSCE-mediated talks on September 5 in Belarusian capital Minsk. The ceasefire took effect the same day but reports said it has occasionally been violated.

On September 20 the Contact Group on Ukraine adopted a memorandum on implementing a ceasefire. OSCE envoy Heidi Tagliavini, Ukraine’s former president Leonid Kuchma, Russia’s Ambassador to Kiev Mikhail Zurabov, DPR Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko and the head of Lugansk People’s Republic, Igor Plotnitsky, signed the nine-item document that included a ban on all weapons, pulling back heavy weapons from the line of engagement and setting up a buffer zone of 15 kilometres, The memorandum also entrusts the OSCE with a task of controlling implementation of the agreements.

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