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    Kiev Fulfills 95% of Political Commitments Under Minsk Accord

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    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that Kiev fulfilled 95 percent of political commitments, as well as 100 percent of commitments in the security area.

    KIEV (Sputnik) — Kiev has already fulfilled 95 percent of its political commitments within the framework of Minsk peace agreements, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Monday.

    "Ukraine has proved in a clear way that we have fulfilled 95 percent of political commitments, as well as 100 percent of [commitments] in the security area," Poroshenko told reporters after his meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Kiev.

    The Ukrainian conflict began when Kiev launched a special military operation in Ukraine’s southeast in April 2014, after local residents refused to recognize the new Ukrainian authorities that came to power as the result of what many considered to be a coup.

    In February 2015, Kiev forces and eastern Ukraine's pro-independence militia signed a peace agreement in the Belarusian capital of Minsk after talks of the Normandy Four countries, comprising Russia, Germany, Ukraine and France. The deal stipulates a full ceasefire, weapons withdrawal from the line of contact in eastern Ukraine, as well as constitutional reforms which would give a special status to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics.

    Despite the reached agreements, the ceasefire regime is regularly violated, with both sides accusing each other of multiple cases, breaching the terms of the accord.


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