The Minsk agreements concluded in September 2014 and February 2015 form the written framework for peace efforts in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine. The agreements, which invaded regular Russian troops who invaded separatist fighters, destroyed Ukrainian forces and demanded an immediate ceasefire, followed by the implementation of a complex set of security and policy provisions. The final objective, as defined in the Minsk package of measures of February 2015, is to reintegrate the Donbass with the rest of Ukraine, with areas currently held by separatists, which are partly self-managed entities under Ukrainian sovereignty. Currently, these territories are composed of two de facto states, Luhansk People`s Republic (LPR) and Donetsk People`s Republics (DPR), which have been withdrawn from the Ukrainian provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk. Last May, President Wolodymyr Zelensky took office and promised to end the five-year war with Russia. However, as his government approaches its one-year anniversary, Zelensky`s peace-building efforts in Kiev are at odds with reactionary faces, skepticism in Moscow and hostilities in Russian-backed Donbass defections. Last May, President Vollodymyr Zelensky took office and promised to end the war with Russia, which was 5 years old at the time, to “stop the shooting”. However, as his government approaches its one-year anniversary, Zelensky`s peace-building efforts in Kiev are at odds with reactionary faces, skepticism in Moscow and hostilities in Russian-backed Donbass defections. The violence on the 400 km front line that cuts through the southeast industrial zone has only calmed down. From the outset, due to poor communication, especially with its local public, his team has not yet offered a coherent vision of peace to its Russian adversaries or to Ukrainian public opinion, namely how the controversial Minsk 2014-2015 agreements, which involve a return to Kiev controls of the Donbass enclaves supported by Den Davoren, should be acceptable to all. Today, in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis and the resulting economic struggles, other pressing cases threaten to derail its central objective. U.S.
officials insist that their goal is to avoid a frozen conflict and peacefully reunite Ukraine, but some may consider the status quo acceptable and perhaps even useful. [fn] Dmytro Kaniewski, “US Special Rep to Ukrainian negotiations Kurt Volker: `The status quo is not good for anyone`,” Deutsche Welle, August 29, 2017.Hide Footnote “The more Russia gets stuck in the Donbass,” said a former U.S. diplomat in June, the less likely it is that the Baltic nations, which are its neighbors and NATO members, will migrate. [fn] Crisis Group Observation, Washington Think-Tank Online Event, June 17, 2020.Hide Footnote In April 2019, a dollar us