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Ukraine’s Opposition Bloc says Kiev has not fulfilled its Minsk accords commitments

December 22, 2015, 13:45 UTC+3 KIEV
Despite calls from leading world countries, EU, nothing has been done over the year for the implementation of the agreements and settlement of the conflict in Donbas, tha faction's chairman says
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Chairman of the Opposition Bloc faction in Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada Yury Boyko

Chairman of the Opposition Bloc faction in Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada Yury Boyko

© Denis Vyshinsky/ITAR-TASS

KIEV, December 22. /TASS/. The Ukrainian authorities have done nothing for the implementation of the Minsk Agreements over 2015, chairman of the Opposition Bloc faction in the Verkhovna Rada Yury Boyko said on Tuesday.

"The Minsk Agreements expire in several days. They [agreements] facilitated ceasefire and preserving the lives of thousands of people," Boyko said adding that "Ukrainian authorities have not fulfilled its commitments in accordance with the Minsk Agreements over this time."

"Despite calls from leading world countries, European Union, nothing has been done over the year for the implementation of the agreements and settlement of the conflict in Donbas, as well as for the return of non-controlled territories," he stressed.

Minsk agreements on Ukraine

The Minsk accords were signed on February 12, after negotiations in the so-called "Normandy format" 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 Minsk accords envisage ceasefire, weaponry withdrawal, prisoner exchange, local election in Donbas, constitutional reform in Ukraine and establishing working sub-groups on security, political, economy and humanitarian components of the Minsk accords.

The Ukrainian forces and the self-defense forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics have repeatedly accused each other of violating ceasefire and other points of the Minsk agreements.

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