Zelensky: It will be hard to have Minsk agreements amended, but it must be done

  • Zelensky It will be hard to have Minsk agreements amended but it must be done

Kiev: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says it is necessary to amend the Minsk peace agreements on Donbas, as local elections in Russia-occupied districts in Donetsk and Luhansk regions cannot be held before Ukraine retakes its eastern border. 

"It will be very hard to do this, but we must do it," Zelensky said on Channel 1+1 on Thursday evening when asked whether it is possible to have the Minsk agreements amended. The peace deal was struck four years ago, he said. 

"Everything changes in our life, we know that the Minsk wasn't signed by my team, but we, as authorities, must fulfill the conditions that the then authorities agreed to, but I'm sure that we can and will change certain things as retaking the Ukrainian state border after the election is definitely not our position ... this is the final decision," he said.

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