“While Kiev is on its deathbed in political agony, it might fully annul all agreements and begin a full-scale war…Then the situation will escalate very quickly, but this isn’t the most desirable variant for Kiev, the republics, or the international community,” Alexander Zakharchenko said.
Kiev is categorically unwilling to implement the Minsk accords, he noted.
"The political situation in the country is strained to the limit. The Minsk agreements are another nail in the coffin of Ukraine. The main provisions [of the deal], the ceasefire, the adoption of the new Constitution, the law on the special status are not implemented, nothing is coordinated with us. How they will get out of the situation, time will show," Zakharchenko told reporters.
In February 2015, the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France brokered the Minsk peace deal, later signed by representatives of Kiev and the Donbas militias.
The Minsk agreements stipulate a ceasefire, a weaponry withdrawal from the line of contact in eastern Ukraine, constitutional reforms to decentralize power in the country, and the granting of a special status to the Donbas region.