Obstacles to implementing Minsk Protocols are a matter of interpretation.

By Na'omi Allen
Mrs Allen is a disgruntled American veteran and this is her personal blog. She studies geopolitical phenomena, with a focus on countering contemporary Nazism.
 

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Results of yesterday’s Normandy format meeting: Reaffirming Minsk II protocols. Agreeing to use the Normandy format to resolve issues. “Unblocking” (restarting) Trilateral Contact Group work. The TCG serves as mediators between the Donbas, Kyiv, & Russia. president.gov.ua/en/news/u-berl…

The readout from the Ukrainian government also says that Ukraine is committed to resolving current conflicts with diplomacy and “political” solutions (meaning, not militarily).

The Russian readout says there were differences that were not solved, about how Minsk agreements should be interpreted. tass.com/politics/14013…

Details were not given about what those differences were. Historically, Russia has resisted the idea that they should play a role in the Donbas, while Ukraine has tried to make them play the role of guarantor of separatists’ actions…

Russia’s official position, is that it is a civil war between Ukraine and their own people. Ukraine (and the West), however, insist that the war is between Kyiv and Russian proxies.

The longstanding disagreement of how Minsk protocols should be interpreted are outlined here… from the anti-Russia point of view. cepa.org/dont-let-russi…

Besides disagreement about whether the conflict is a civil war, or a war between Ukraine and Russian proxies, there is disagreement about what “Special Status” is. The Ukr-West view, is that “Special Status” is undefined and could mean anything…

Russia’s view, is that Special Status + Decentralization (which Minsk *does* call for), means autonomy.

The Ukr-West view: Ukraine can’t move further in their part of the agreement until “the Russians” are all out of the Donbas. By “the Russians” they mean Russian proxies… which really means, all the people who live there. atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/ukrainea…

All the people who live there, because in the Ukr-West’s view, what’s happening is not a civil war… it’s a war between Ukraine and Russia, and everyone in the Donbas who is on the side of the rebels are Russian proxies.

If you think about it… since a lot of *ethnic* Russians live there, Putin’s ethnic cleansing allegations against Ukraine has some merit, since the UN’s definition of ethnic cleansing includes displacement of a People by force or threat of force. un.org/en/genocidepre…