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Expert warns Kiev will wreck Minsk accords due to feud amongst Ukraine’s elite

December 07, 16:33 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The issue of settling the Donbass crisis has been stuck in the mud since the Ukrainian elite completely missed their chances in 2015 and 2016 to put these peace agreements into practice

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MOSCOW, December 7. /TASS/. A deep crisis plaguing the Ukrainian establishment will not let Kiev launch a full-fledged implementation of the Minsk accords, President of the Center for System Analysis and Forecasting Rostislav Ishchenko told a round table at the TASS News Agency on Thursday.

"Let’s be clear that these agreements will never be implemented simply because the moment when Ukraine could have fulfilled them has already passed," the expert noted. "And so, these agreements are an element of a global game, an element of international bargaining with the US, an element that offers the opportunity for them to drag their feet, but not an element of practical implementation," Ischenko explained.

He noted that the issue of settling the Donbass crisis has been stuck in the mud since the Ukrainian elite completely missed their chances in 2015 and 2016 to put these peace agreements into practice.

"Groups within the Ukrainian elite have plunged into a deep standoff among themselves for different reasons, and have been actively working to rattle the authority of [President Pyotr] Poroshenko for a third month running. Even former President of Georgia [Mikhail Saakashvili] pledges to send Pytor Alekseyevich into oblivion before the start of 2018," Ishchenko said.

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