Ukrainian MIA’s chief: Minsk deal dead

The Minsk agreements on the Donbass conflict settlement have run dry, new agreements should be signed instead of them, said the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov during the national expert forum "Ukraine: striving for balance" on Tuesday.

"Can the Minsk agreements be implemented as a real mechanism for achieving peace and resolving the conflict? In my deep conviction, no," Avakov said, adding that the Minsk agreements are "dead" as of today.

The head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs believes that there was a need to sign new agreements.

"I think that there should be the following agreements: Why "Minsk"? There must be "Viennese," "Parisian" or any other," he stressed.

According to him, the new agreements should assume full control over the Ukrainian-Russian border jointly with UN peacekeepers, the introduction of Ukrainian justice bodies in the Donbass and the conduct of elections there, as well as an amnesty for those who did not commit serious crimes, in particular murders.

The problem of the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis is discussed at the talks in various formats, in particular, in the "Normandy format" (Russia, France, Germany, Ukraine). The US does not participate in it, but this issue is raised from time. In Warsaw, it was also proposed earlier to transfer the negotiations to the "Geneva format", that is, with the participation of the US and Poland as a neighbouring state with the Russian Federation and Ukraine. However, the ceasefire agreements were achieved only in Minsk, during the meetings of the contact group with the mediation of the Russian Federation and the OSCE.

DONi News Agency