"We are aware of reports that the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine has decided to appeal to the UN and the EU on the deployment of peacekeeping operation (PKO) in its territory. We do not know the details of this initiative. The objectives and mandate of the possible PKO are unclear," the Russian side stressed.
"We believe that future work on settlement of the Ukrainian crisis should be based on the provisions of "Set of Measures on the implementation of the Minsk Agreement" dated Feb. 12, the full implementation of which was urged by the UN Security Council in its resolution 2202, adopted unanimously on Feb. 17. The document clearly states that "the restoration of full control over the state border by the government of Ukraine throughout the conflict zone should begin on the first day after the local elections and end after a comprehensive political settlement," he Russian Foreign Ministry stated.
As for the withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, according to Russia "this process will be assisted by the OSCE with the support of the Tripartite Contact Group." The OSCE is also intended to "ensure effective monitoring and verification of the cease-fire."
"We are convinced that the primary responsibility for the comprehensive implementation of the agreements reached in Minsk lies on the sides of the conflict in Ukraine," the Ministry concluded.
The Ukrainian side and the world community acknowledge that Russian side and the terrorists violate the Minsk agreement, particularly with regard to active hostilities which continued in the area of Debaltseve. Thus, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini stated that the actions of the Russia-backed separatists in Debaltseve are in direct violation of the cease-fire.