This was stated by the leader of the OPPOSITION BLOC Yuriy Boyko on the air of the TV channel “NewsOne” on Wednesday, May 16, commenting on the meeting with the US special representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker.
“We had very high hopes for the Volker-Surkov mission, which should provide momentum to the issue of the conflict resolution in the Donbass. Today, unfortunately, this process has stopped. However, we hope that it will be restored, because, first of all, Ukraine should be interested in this. We must return our territories and people, and stop this military conflict. The president promised to stop this war for two weeks. However, two weeks and four years – the period is not compatible,” the opposition politician noted.
According to Yuriy Boyko, there is no military way to resolve the conflict in Donbas. “Only a political path based on the Minsk Agreements is possible, which is the road map for the end of the conflict. The first stage is the introduction of peacekeepers, then the technical process. I personally, as soon as the Minsk agreements were signed, spoke on the need to introduce peacekeepers from the parliamentary rostrum. That time, unfortunately, we were not supported. But today we have returned to this issue. After all, this is a real chance to end the war,” the opposition leader is convinced.
According to him, the most difficult task will be the issue of the gradualness of this process. “At the first stage, peacekeepers should be on the demarcation line to stop shooting. Then – the withdrawal of troops. Further – political issues: the amnesty law for those who did not commit serious crimes, and the law on the special status of Donbas for several years to restore infrastructure. Then, according to the Minsk agreements – the holding of elections under Ukrainian law. Restoration of economic relations. The control of Ukraine – Russia border by Ukrainian border guards,” Yuriy Boyko stressed.
“At the same time, today there is a very low level of trust between the participants in the Minsk process. First of all, we are talking about the Russian Federation and the leadership of our state. There must be a dialogue. And the current authorities are afraid, first of all, for their ratings. If they are afraid, we are ready to negotiations to achieve peace in Ukraine. We are not afraid for our ratings. We are ready to direct negotiations to end the military conflict,” the leader of the OPPOSITION BLOC summarized.