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Kremlin: Kiev’s attempts to regain control over Donetsk airport contradict Minsk accords

May 12, 2015, 13:24 UTC+3 SOCHI
On Monday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that the Donetsk airport, controlled by the militia of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), will be recaptured
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Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko (left) seen at a National Guard training center, April 2015

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko (left) seen at a National Guard training center, April 2015

© Nikolay Lazarenko/Ukrainian president's press service/TASS

SOCHI, May 12. /TASS/. Kiev’s plans to recapture Donetsk airport from militia forces contradict the Minsk agreements, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

"They do, of course," Peskov said, answering a question on whether Kiev’s attempts to regain control over the Donetsk airport violate the Minsk accords. "We have repeatedly stated that the Ukrainian side does not fulfill the points of the Minsk agreements," the spokesman noted.

On Monday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that the Donetsk airport, controlled by the militia of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), will be recaptured. "I do not doubt that we will free the airport because it is our land. And we will restore the airport," Poroshenko said.

Kiev forces controlled Donetsk airport terminals for several months, shelling the city’s suburbs from their positions. In January, DPR authorities said that the self-defense forces had regained full control over the airport. Ukrainian forces made several attempts to recapture their positions. DPR defense ministry said around 600 Ukrainian military were killed or injured during the armed stand-off around the airport.

Ceasefire is one of the key point of the Minsk agreements on the Ukrainian settlement. Other points include heavy weaponry withdrawal, prisoner exchange, local elections in Donbas and a constitutional reform in Ukraine.

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