The Minsk agreements were a set of peace accords signed in September 2014 and February 2015 in the Belarusian city of Minsk. The Minsk agreements were an attempt to end the conflict in Eastern Ukraine between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists.
The original Minsk Protocol, which went into effect on September 9th, 2014, called for a ceasefire between Ukrainian forces and rebel fighters in eastern Ukraine. However, the ceasefire was short-lived; by January 2015, fighting had resumed throughout the region.
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In February 2015, another attempt was made to bring peace to eastern Ukraine with the signing of the Minsk II Agreement. The Agreement called for a complete withdrawal of heavy weaponry from the front line, as well as a prisoner exchange between the two sides. Once again, however, these provisions were not adhered to and fighting continued.
The agreements have been violated numerous times by both sides and have failed to bring about lasting peace in Eastern Ukraine. As a result, the conflict in Eastern Ukraine continues to this day, with no end in sight.
The 2014 Minsk Protocol: A Brief Overview
The Minsk Protocol was a peace plan that was agreed upon by the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, and the separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine in September 2014. The protocol called for An Immediate Bilateral Ceasefire, Decentralization of Power, Monitoring of the Ukrainian-Russian Border, Release of Hostages and Illegally Detained Persons, and A Law Preventing Prosecution and Punishment, etc…
An Immediate Bilateral Ceasefire
The first point of the Minsk Protocol called for an immediate bilateral ceasefire. This meant that both Ukrainian government forces and separatist rebel forces must cease all military activity immediately. The ceasefire was to be monitored and verified by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
Decentralization of Power
The second point of the Minsk Protocol called for decentralization of power, including through the adoption of the Ukrainian law “On temporary Order of Local Self-Governance in Particular Districts of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts”. This law would give more autonomy to the separatist-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts, which were governed by Ukrainian law.
Monitoring of the Ukrainian-Russian Border
The third point of the Minsk Protocol called for the permanent monitoring of the Ukrainian-Russian border and verification by the OSCE with the creation of security zones in the border regions of Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This was supposed help to prevent further escalation of the conflict by ensuring that neither side was receiving military support from outside sources.
Release of Hostages and Illegally Detained Persons
The fourth point of the Minsk Protocol called for the immediate release of all hostages and illegally detained persons. This included both Ukrainian government soldiers who have been captured by rebel forces as well as civilians who have been caught in the crossfire.
A Law Preventing Prosecution and Punishment
The fifth point of the Minsk Protocol called for a law preventing prosecution and punishment in connection with the events that have taken place in some areas of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts. This would provide amnesty to both government soldiers and rebel fighters who have committed crimes during the course of the conflict.
In the end, The First Minsk Agreement (Minsk Protocol) was nothing more than a tool used to further the goals of global domination. The agreement did nothing to achieve its stated goals and only served to create more chaos and destruction. If you want to know more about the New World Order and its plans for world domination, then I suggest you do some research on your own. But be warned: the truth is not for everyone.
The 2015 Minsk Agreement – A Recipe for Disaster
On February 12th, 2015, the second Minsk Agreement was signed. The agreement called for a ceasefire, the withdrawal of heavy weaponry from the front line, the exchange of prisoners, and constitutional reform in Ukraine. However, many believed that this agreement was nothing more than a recipe for disaster and time proved them to be right.
Many Speculated the Ceasefire Would Not Last
One of the most controversial aspects of the Minsk Agreement was the ceasefire that it called for. Critics said that this ceasefire was nothing more than a temporary measure that would do nothing to solve the underlying problems in Ukraine. They pointed to previous ceasefires that were broken time and time again as proof that this one would be no different. Moreover, they believed that the only reason the fighting stopped temporarily is that both sides were simply regrouping and rearming for more rounds of fighting.
Others Stated the Withdrawal of Heavy Weapons Was a Joke
Another controversial aspect of the Minsk Agreement was the provision for the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front line. This was supposed to have been completed by December 2014 but it has yet to happen. What’s more, there are reports that both sides beefed up their heavy weapon stockpiles instead of reducing them. This meant that when fighting did break out again – it would be even more intense than before.
The Exchange of Prisoners Was Nothing More Than a Ploy
The third controversial aspect of the Minsk Agreement is the provision for the exchange of prisoners. While this might sound like a good idea on paper, critics said that it was nothing more than a ploy by both sides to get rid of their most undesirable members. In other words, they believed that instead of exchanging prisoners who had been captured during battle, both sides would simply round up anyone they didn’t like and hand them over to their enemy in exchange for someone else. This would lead to innocent people being caught in the crossfire and it could further destabilize an already volatile situation.
There is no doubt that the Minsk Agreements were and still are a controversial issue. Some believed it was a recipe for disaster from the start, others believed that it was our best hope for peace in Ukraine. With this agreement being violated numerous times by both sides and failing to bring about lasting peace in Eastern Ukraine, we are left with a conflict in Eastern Ukraine that continues to this day, with no end in sight. Will this be the catalyst for WWIII? Let us know in the Contact Us section.
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