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    Washington and Brussels actively participated in overthrowing the legitimate Ukrainian government in 2014, and two years later the new leadership in Kiev is unwilling to end the war in Donbass, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev told Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Kiev is not willing to end a simmering civil war in eastern Ukraine, as the country’s government reneges on the obligations it has undertaken to establish peace in the region, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev told Sputnik.

    "Two years ago Ukraine joined the list of regional hotspots. Washington and Brussels actively assisted in staging an anti-constitutional coup in Kiev," Patrushev said.

    "As a result, a simmering civil war is ongoing in the country’s east, with the Ukrainian authorities having no desire to put an end to it, sabotaging the obligations they have undertaken," the Security Council secretary added.

    Kiev launched a military operation in Donbass 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.

    In February 2015, Kiev forces and Donbass independence supporters signed a peace agreement in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. The deal stipulates a full ceasefire, weapons withdrawal from the line of contact in eastern Ukraine, as well as constitutional reforms that would give a special status to the breakaway Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics.

    Despite the agreement, the ceasefire regime is regularly violated, with both sides accusing each other of multiple breaches, undermining the terms of the accord.

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