MOSCOW, April 15. /TASS/. The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) envoy Denis Pushilin said on Wednesday that Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin should attentively study the Minsk agreements "so he doesn’t demonstrate to the whole world his flagrant incompetence."
Klimkin earlier said that Ukraine does not recognize the election that took place on November 2, 2014 in Donbas, and Kiev "cannot talk to these representatives of Luhansk and Donetsk." "We need legitimate elections and representatives, We must ensure that the next elections are recognized by all international organizations and that OSCE [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe] monitors the process," the Ukrainian foreign minister said.
"It seems like Klimkin did not read the package of measures signed on February 12 in Minsk by [Ukraine’s former President Leonid] Kuchma [he serves as Ukraine’s official envoy to the Contact Group on Ukraine] and publicly supported by [Ukrainian President Petro] Poroshenko. Points 4 and 12 of the package of measures on Ukraine stipulate that they [Ukrainian authorities] should launch dialogue with Donbass representatives precisely on issues of preparations for elections, coordination of the procedure. This means that the elections themselves, after which Klimkin is going to talk to us, should be preceded by negotiations with us on holding them," the Donetsk News Agency cited Pushilin as saying.
On February 12, negotiations in the so-called "Normandy format" were held in the Belarusian capital Minsk, bringing together Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The talks lasted for around 14 hours. Simultaneously, a meeting of the Contact Group on Ukrainian settlement was held in Minsk.
As a result, the Minsk agreements were signed that envisage ceasefire in Ukraine’s south-east, heavy weaponry withdrawal, prisoner exchange, local elections in Donbas and a constitutional reform in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian forces and DPR and LPR self-defense forces have repeatedly accused each other of violating the ceasefire regime in Donbas.