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Poroshenko Says Minsk Deal on Donbass is Working, No Need for Alternatives

© AP Photo / Markiv Mykhailo, PoolUkrainian President Petro Poroshenko
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko - Sputnik International
The Minsk deal is working and there is no need for another scenarios, the Ukrainian president said.

KIEV (Sputnik) — The only alternative to the Minsk accord aimed at the crisis settlement in Ukraine is abandoning the Donbass region by Kiev, but such situation is unacceptable, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Sunday.

"There are proposals [as an alternative to the Minsk accord]: let's get rid of Donbass, let's give it to someone as a gift, let's construct a wall, let's forget about Donbass because allegedly we would never return it. It is unacceptable for me," Poroshenko said at a press conference, adding that the Minsk peace deal was working and there was no need to look for new formats of settlement.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks during a media conference at the conclusion of an EU-Ukraine summit at the European Council building in Brussels on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016 - Sputnik International
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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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