Russia is demonstrating a complete boycott and unwillingness to fulfill the Geneva agreements, Director of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry's Information Policy Department Yevhen Perebyinis said at a briefing in Kyiv on Wednesday.
"We are seeing a complete boycott of the Geneva agreements on the part of Moscow and its unwillingness to fulfill the Geneva statement of April 17," Perebyinis said. According to the diplomat, on April 21, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister passed a note to the Russian Foreign Ministry detailing the steps taken by the Ukrainian side to implement the Geneva agreements. This note requested information on the practical steps taken by Russia, as a party to the Geneva talks, to de-escalate the situation in the eastern regions of Ukraine. However, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has not received a response from the Russian side so far, Perebyinis said. "The actions of professionally trained militants from the so-called 'people's militia,' supported and organized by the Russian special services, pose a real terrorist threat to the safety of our citizens in eastern and southern Ukraine, not the mythical 'Bandera followers' or Right Sector fighters, whom the Russian propaganda uses to intimidate people," Perebyinis said. In this regard, he urged the Russian side to stop escalating the situation in the southeastern regions of Ukraine by "condoning atrocities and illegal actions of its puppet armed groups" and to refrain from provocative actions and new rhetoric, and start practical cooperation with the parties to the Geneva statement without delay.