Yermak claims that Kiev in general and Zelensky in particular are doing everything necessary to end the war in Donbass. That is just populist rhetoric directed at the domestic Ukrainian electorate primarily and has nothing to do with reality or common sense, DPR People’s Council deputy Vladimir Medvedev stated.

“Kiev is not doing any real moves to settle the conflict. Quite the opposite, shelling is being stepped up, hatred is being incited, people are getting killed, and the principles of double morality have long ago become the standard of Ukrainian politicians.

February marks five years since the Second Minsk Agreements were signed, but over these years, either Poroshenko or his successor Zelensky have not done anything to implement the Complex of Measures. It is safe to say that they purposefully sabotage the Minsk and ignore all peace initiatives from representatives of Donbass.

Those trends have become obvious not only to us, but also to the members of the Normandy Format, who are the guarantors for the Minsk Agreements. In December 2019, the leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine adopted the Paris Package of agreements during the summit. Zelensky signed that document too. However, from the whole list of obligations, Ukraine has fulfilled only one item, exchanged war prisoners, even then without complying with any legal rules or legal clearance.

Disengagement at three more areas, demining, implementation of Steinmeier’s Formula, special status and everything else remains only on paper.

That totally does not tie in with Kiev’s statements about their desire for peace, and casts doubt on a future meeting in the Normandy Format scheduled for April. Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Andrey Rudenko also stated that. So far, we just have nothing to negotiate about with Zelensky, like with Poroshenko earlier. He is not fulfilling his obligations and, apparently, is not going to,” Vladimir Medvedev said.