Ukraine’s security chief on Monday warned that Western powers should not force Kyiv to fulfill its obligations under the Minsk agreements, which were signed in 2014 and 2015 to establish a ceasefire in the eastern Donbas region.
Under the agreement, Ukraine is required to give autonomy to the breakaway Republics of Luhansk and Donetsk in the Donbas region. Oleksiy Danilov, the secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, said fulfilling the deal could mean the “destruction” of Ukraine.
“The fulfillment of the Minsk agreement means the country’s destruction,” he said. “When they were signed under the Russian gun barrel — and the German and the French watched — it was already clear for all rational people that it’s impossible to implement those documents.”
Germany and France brokered the talks between Ukraine and Russia that led to the signing of the Minsk agreements. Envoys from the four countries met for talks last week. Little was solved, but Ukraine and Russia agreed to uphold the Donbas ceasefire, and more talks will be held soon.
Danilov warned implementing the Minsk agreements could destabilize Ukraine due to internal opposition to the deal. “If the society doesn’t accept those agreements, it could lead to a very difficult internal situation and Russia counts on that,” he said.
In December, The Associated Press reported that the Biden administration was considering pressuring Ukraine to fulfill the Minsk agreements by granting the separatists autonomy. It’s likely the issue is being discussed between the US and Russia as they continue dialogue over Moscow’s security concerns.