MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The latest meeting in Berlin proves that the Minsk ceasefire agreement and process is still alive, the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian upper house of parliament, Konstantin Kosachev, said Thursday.
"The Normandy format meeting in Berlin shows that the format is alive. More importantly, the Minsk agreements and the Minsk process itself are alive. Despite blown deadlines and persistent clashes of the opposing sides," Kosachev said in a Facebook post.
Kiev launched a special military operation in Ukraine's southeast in April 2014, after local residents refused to recognize the new Ukrainian authorities, which came to power as a result of a West-sponsored coup.
Despite the agreement, the ceasefire regime is regularly violated, with both sides accusing each other of multiple breaches, undermining the terms of the accord.