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    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)

    Kiev authorities have never really complied with the Minsk II agreements: what they have tried to do is to "keep Ukraine in the state of war" in order not to grant special status to the Donbass region, German online magazine Telepolis asserted.

    The publication views the special status and the regional elections as the main point of contention between the parties engaged in the months-long Ukrainian civil war. The exchange of prisoners and the ceasefire are key to the Minsk peace process but not as important as reaching an agreement on the special status and the elections.

    But Kiev does not seem to be willing to go there. Instead the post-coup leadership in Ukraine, according to the media outlet, is trying to provoke the self-defense forces in the Donbass region while continuing to blame Russia for Ukraine's tribulations.

    Some experts say that Germany and France have already realized that despite Kiev's rhetoric it is not truly committed to the Minsk peace process, thus perpetuating the deadly civil war in the country.

    If this is the case, German Chancellor Merkel and French President Hollande could use the upcoming meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to pressure him into fulfilling Kiev's obligations under the Minsk deal.

    On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov echoed the sentiment.

    "It is necessary in our view to mount additional pressure on Kiev to convince them that they have to implement the agreements and obligations agreed in Minsk," Lavrov stated. "We expect that on August 24…. Germany and France, who are the guarantors of the implementation of the Minsk agreement, will do everything to ensure it is carried out in full," he added.

    Living up to the image is another reason for the leaders of the two European members of the Normandy group to use the opportunity to talk some sense into Poroshenko.

    "Merkel and Hollande could make every effort to avoid embarrassment since they are closely associated with the Minsk deal," Telepolis noted.

    Time will tell whether the trilateral meeting could yield some positive results but Teleopolis is in doubt. The German media outlet voiced concern that neither Kiev, nor the self-defense forces are currently interested in reaching a lasting agreement.

    First year of the military operation in south-eastern Ukraine
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    First year of the military operation in south-eastern Ukraine
    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)


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