New faces, old abstracts: Kyiv commented on the Crimea and Donbas

several unexpected statements, more reminiscent of the ultimatums were made from Kiev. So, the head of the faction of the presidential party “servant of the people” proposed to resume water supply to Crimea in exchange for concessions in the Donbass. And the new head office Zelensky came up with new conditions for elections in the South-East of Ukraine.

the scenario of the meeting in Minsk is always about the same, but this routine is its own kind of disguise. Here’s a car with diplomatic plates, perhaps one of the delegations, but there is no national flags, no other markings.

Before the negotiators came from the front porch, now through the back door or underground Parking and to distinguish them from tourists is almost impossible.

journalists of the Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian fly from Kiev every couple of weeks. Meeting room is upstairs but a lift guard and press in the lobby trying to calculate negotiators.

Here is logged at the hotel stand in civilian clothes, the General-the major of SBU Gennady Kuznetsov. He is now discussing the Humanitarian sub-group exchange of prisoners. To these frames are almost the only one interviewed on camera — in the judo tournament on the anniversary of the beginning of the ATO in the Donbass.

“We wish all these students who choose a career, remember that the main goal is protection of the Fatherland”, he said.

On the Donbass, said today in Kiev. New faces, old theses. Here is the new head of the presidential office Andrei Yermak at the first briefing with the upside down reverses the Minsk agreement.

“I reiterate that, in accordance with the Ukrainian legislation it is impossible to hold elections, if there are some foreign military groups. It is written in the Ukrainian legislation. And the election is slated for 100 percent with the law”, — informed the public Ermak.

But his appointment was even hope for a change of course if not, then at least Ritariki. The lawyer, a longtime associate of Zelensky, always behind his right shoulder. Ermak even called shadow Minister for foreign Affairs. But obviously, coming out of the shadows, a common rhetoric, he has not changed. Moreover, party members Zelensky is now publicly admit and even blackmail.

“My position is that if you give water to the Crimea, and then have a great asset in the negotiations on the Donbass, I would go for this compromise,” said David Arakhamiya, the head of the faction “servant of the people” in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

Expressed himself Zelensky: it is said that the elections in the Donbass possible in the fall. He “somehow got a feeling”. But intuition of the Ukrainian President only works if we rewrite the Minsk agreement.

“to Revise the Minsk agreement, we are not going. What he thinks about Mr. Zelensky, perhaps he needs a more balanced approach to the situation”, — said Vladislav Deinego, the Plenipotentiary representative LNR in the Contact group on settling the situation in the South-East of Ukraine.

This is a repeat, five years – today is the anniversary of Minsk-2. But there is nothing to celebrate. Despite minor improvements, essentially nothing has not been fulfilled. Even the withdrawal of the contradictory information. The Ukrainian side said that the next phase is agreed. In the republics claim that on the exact coordinates while there is no question.

the OSCE hope to further talks.

“the Sides Express their commitment to further negotiations but to resolve the conflict still requires the efforts and political will of the parties. Unfortunately, people are still dying,” says Heidi Grau, the special representative of the OSCE in Ukraine.

one of the next meetings of the Ukraine has promised to provide some new steps for a political settlement. Calling it a “presentation”. Importantly, not another show.