Former Ukraine President, Petro Poroshenko, has admitted that the 2015 ceasefire in Donbass was purposed to buy time to rebuild the country’s military force.
Poroshenko, who made the revelation in recent interviews this past week with Deutsche Welle television; a German media outlet, and the Ukrainian branch of the US state-run Radio Free Europe, claimed that the agreements known infamously as the ‘Minsk deal’ negotiated with Russia, France and Germany, was to create ample time for Ukraine’s economic and military development.
‘We had achieved everything we wanted.
‘Our goal was to, first, stop the threat, or at least to delay the war – to secure eight years to restore economic growth and create powerful armed forces,’ he said.
The peace deal was agreed in the second year of Poroshenko’s presidency which spanned over five years (2014-2019). He was succeeded by Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who vowed to restore peace to the Donbass region. Poroshenko took out time to defend his leadership of the nation and credited his strategies to Sun Tzu; his inspiration. He opined that the move in 2015 was a victory for Ukrainians regardless of the present state.
At the time, Kyiv was not in good terms with other major players and were losing on all sides. They also leaned towards a reprieve. This is according to the former Ukraine President; who highlighted his role in securing an agreement between his government and the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.
Reconciliation of the warring sides and measures created to rein in hostilities in Donbass were brought to the fore. The earlier stages of the agreements were to commence a ceasefire and an OSCE-monitored pullout of heavier weapons from the battlefront. This demands were met to some extent; while Kyiv was expected to provide general amnesty to the rebelling side, alongside extensive autonomy for both Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
However, Zelenskyy’s government went on to inherit a partially implemented peace strategy; with Poroshenko’s side failing to meet up with their end of the deal.
On the present hostilities between Russia and Ukraine, Poroshenko called for extra sanctions to be imposed on Russia and urged Ukraine to speed up its intended alliance with EU and NATO.