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G7 Foreign Ministers Acknowledge Stagnation in Minsk Process on Ukraine

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Aftermath of shelling in the town of Luganskoye in the Donetsk Region. File photo - Sputnik International
G7 foreign ministers pointed out the stagnation in the Minsk peace process in Ukraine.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Foreign ministers of the G7 countries acknowledged the stagnation in the Minsk peace process in Ukraine during their meeting in Italy’s Lucca, and confirmed their commitment to the territorial integrity of Ukraine, Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said Tuesday.

"Regarding the situation in Ukraine, the G7 ministers admitted its difficulty, and unfortunately a certain stagnation in the Minsk negotiations process, but at the same time confirmed the commitment to shared goals, including Ukraine’s territorial integrity," he told a press conference.

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The Donbass conflict erupted in April 2014 as a local counter-reaction to the West-sponsored Maidan coup in Kiev that had toppled President Viktor Yanukovych in February. Residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions held independence referendums and proclaimed the People's Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Kiev has since been conducting a military operation, encountering stiff local resistance.

In February 2015, Kiev forces and Donbass independence supporters signed a peace agreement in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. The deal stipulates a full ceasefire, weapons withdrawal from the line of contact in Donbass, as well as constitutional reforms that would give a special status to the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics. Despite the agreement brokered by the Normandy Four states (Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine), the ceasefire regime is regularly violated, with both sides accusing each other of multiple breaches, undermining the terms of the accord.

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