War continues but Ukraine should grant amnesty to separatists says US Ukraine envoy

  • Petr Boháček
  • 4.12.2017 18:36

United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker said at Kiev’s national expert forum on 28 November that Ukraine needs to grant amnesty to separatists and complete its part of the Minsk Agreements (MA). He also stated that there was an 80% chance the conflict will continue for another year.

Ukrainian parliament extended the special status for Donbass on 6 October in accordance with the MA but has not moved on granting a limited amnesty to separatist fighters. The comments come after increased diplomatic efforts between the US and Russia to advance the idea of a United Nations peacekeeping force in Donbass that according to Volker yielded zero progress. The currently debated 2018 US defence budget includes a 350-million USD military aid package, including lethal defensive weapons and possibly anti-tank Javelin missiles. Due to US President Trump’s complex relations with Russia, his Ukraine policy and signature of arms sales to Kiev remain unclear. Meanwhile, clashes with Ukrainian soldiers and tensions within the separatist republics persist.

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