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    Russia Questions Kiev’s Adherence to Minsk, Geneva Agreements

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    Russia's Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) envoy Andrei Kelin drew attention to Kiev's violation of Minsk and Geneva agreements by tank attack Yasynuvata, suburb of Donetsk.

    VIENNA, November 6 (RIA Novosti) — Russia has questioned Kiev's adherence to the Minsk and Geneva agreements to reconcile the Ukrainian internal conflict during an Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) meeting, Russia's representative to the body told RIA Novosti Thursday.

    "We have raised the question of the column of tanks offensive in Yasynuvata in the context of Kiev's failure to implement the Minsk agreements, as well as the Geneva agreement of April 17," Andrei Kelin said.

    "We have shown clearly, based on concrete facts, that Kiev has violated almost all the clauses stipulated in the Minsk protocol. This refers to the non-adoption of the amnesty law, to the law on the special status of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which they want to revoke now. This refers to the escalation of the conflict," the Russian official stated.

    Kelin added that the Ukrainian government does not have a program for the reconstruction of the Donbas and is refusing to pay salaries, pensions and social benefits.

    "One of the central points of Geneva agreements was the [provision of a] nationwide dialogue and constitutional reform based on it. There has been no dialogue, and instead of developing constitutional reform together with the local militia, only some behind-the-scenes moves have been made," Kelin concluded.

    After the situation in Ukraine escalated as some eastern regions refused to recognize the new government that came to power after a February coup, top diplomats from Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine met in Geneva on April 17. The meeting resulted in a roadmap that called for an end to the violence, amnesty for all those involved in the fighting and a dialogue between the Kiev authorities and independence supporters.

    However, the agreement did not stop Kiev from proceeding with its military operation, which has resulted in more than 3,700 deaths.

    On September 5, both sides signed the Minsk Protocol, stipulating a ceasefire and a law granting special status to the Donbas by Kiev.


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