Statement of the OPPOSITION BLOC
The signing of a set of measures to implement the Minsk Agreements on February 12, 2015 was supposed to ensure peace in Ukraine and remove military and political tensions throughout the European continent. Three years later, this goal remains unattainable. The armed confrontation in the east of Ukraine continues, the number of human casualties and destruction is constantly growing.
Since the signing of the second package of the Minsk agreements, the war has taken away more than four and a half thousand human lives, tens of thousands of Ukrainian citizens have suffered, millions are forced to suffer disasters and defeat in social and humanitarian rights because of the ongoing war. Responsibility for its continuation is borne by political forces on both demarcation sides, which are interested in the continuation of the conflict.
The OPPOSITION BLOC condemns the attempts of the “party of war” in the Ukrainian government to evade the implementation of the Minsk agreements under any pretext. We consider the restoration of peace in the country a constitutional duty of power to citizens and the main mission of Ukraine in European political processes. Anyone who tries to disrupt the implementation of the agreements reached in Minsk not only hinders the restoration of peace in the country, but also blocks the creation of new effective mechanisms for regulating conflicts in Europe.
We demand the authorities to bring their national legislation in line with the recommendations of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, including Resolution of 23.01.2018 on “The humanitarian Consequences of the War in Ukraine”; to intensify the work on the deployment of the UN peacekeeping mission in Ukraine’; to resume work within the framework of the “Normandy Four”; to promote the activities of other international and national formats of the dialogue on peace; to consider and adopt the draft laws necessary for a political settlement of the conflict in the Donbass.
The OPPOSITION BLOC underscores its commitment to a peace settlement mission. We guarantee that after our victory in the elections peace will return to the Ukrainian land. Ukraine will again become a country that makes its political contribution to the security of the entire European continent.