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 Minsk agreements must be fulfilled stepwise and OSCE must confirm their fulfillment; this has not happened yet, - former Ukraine's president Kuchma

Representative of Ukraine in the tripartite contact group, Ukraine’s second President Leonid Kuchma stressed that the agreements reached in Minsk must be performed on a step-by-step basis and reciprocally.

"Ukraine has clear demands that the main three items must be fulfilled first of all. Let's carry them out in right order: the cease-fire, the withdrawal of heavy weapons and the third point is the verification that these weapons have been withdrawn to certain locations. The OSCE should confirm to the world that both the Ukrainians and, so to speak, the Donbas have withdrawn weapons to the defined locations. This has not been done," he told reporters in Zhytomyr on Thursday, responding to the question about the possibility of unilateral implementation of the Minsk Agreements by Kyiv, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

"Needless to say that the military formations should be withdrawn from the territory of Ukraine, the prisoners of war should be exchanged all for all, and so on. The first three items," Leonid Kuchma said.

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Commenting on recent information spread by the media that some European politicians and officials offered the Ukrainian side to unilaterally fulfill the Minsk Agreements, the representative of Ukraine in the tripartite contact group expressed the belief that this option is illogical.

"Today, (some of them - Ed.), including Steinmeier (Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany - Ed.), voice such proposals: you, the Ukrainians, should hold elections in those territories, change the Constitution, and those ones will gradually change themselves for the better. Our logic is quite simple: what kind of fool will go to this area as an observer (in the elections - Ed.)? I am asking the Europeans: who will go as the observer to these elections? The legislation under which these elections should take place, it should be the Ukrainian one," he said.

Kuchma called the "DPR"/"LPR" members' attempts to announce the creation of some sort of independent states inappropriate.

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"Yes, we should bend an ear to them ("DPR"/"LPR" members - Ed.). But the changes to the Constitution (of Ukraine - Ed.) and their attempts to be sovereign, independent states of the "DPR"/"LPR" ... it is not clear at all what kind of fairy tale they are from," the second president of Ukraine said.

 
 
 
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