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Implementation of Minsk Accords Progresses at 'Snail’s Pace'

© Sputnik / Sergey Averin / Go to the photo bankAn apartment in a five-storied residential building in Yasinovataya, Donbass, damaged in shelling by Ukrainian army. (File)
An apartment in a five-storied residential building in Yasinovataya, Donbass, damaged in shelling by Ukrainian army. (File) - Sputnik International
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The implementation of the Minsk agreements aimed at stabilization of the situation in Ukraine is moving at a slow pace, though it helped to avoid a full-fledged military conflict, the German foreign minister said on Monday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to him, the agreements helped to prevent the confrontation in eastern Ukraine from escalating into a major military conflict beyond anyone’s control.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko attends a ceremony to hand over weapons and military vehicles to servicemen of the Ukrainian armed forces in Chuhuiv outside Kharkiv, Ukraine, October 15, 2016 - Sputnik International
Poroshenko Says There's 'No Alternative to Minsk Peace Plan'…Then Ignores It

"Implementation of the Minsk agreements is indeed progressing at a snail’s pace. For months now, we’ve been involved in tedious efforts to make progress, and it is all the more frustrating when there is almost none to be found anywhere," Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.

Steinmeier added that reaching solutions required a long time, therefore it was necessary to remain "tenacious" and keep eyes fixed on the Minsk process.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, background 2nd right, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, foreground right, during the Normandy format meeting between the leaders of Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France on settling the Ukrainian conflict, at the Paul Loebe Haus parliamentary building in Berlin, October 19, 2016. Background 3rd right: German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Background left: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Background 3rd left: Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov. - Sputnik International
All Normandy Four Leaders Admit Minsk Agreements Have No Alternatives

In April 2014, Kiev launched a special military operation in Ukraine’s southeast, after local residents refused to recognize the new Ukrainian authorities, which came to power as a result of what many considered to be a coup. In February 2015, a peace agreement was signed between Ukraine’s conflicting sides in Minsk after marathon talks of the Normandy Four leaders, comprising Russia, Germany, Ukraine and France.

The deal stipulates a full ceasefire, weapons withdrawal from the line of contact in eastern Ukraine, an all-for-all prisoner exchange and constitutional reforms, which would give a special status to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. Both sides of the conflict, however, are constantly accusing each other of violations of the agreement.

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