Mr Miroslav JENA, Deputy Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and North and South America in the Department of Political Consolidation and Peacebuilding, recalled that in Resolution 2202 (2015), the Council approved the “Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements” and called on all parties to implement the measures , including a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire. In its statement to the Presidency on 6 June 2018, the Council similarly reaffirmed the centrality of the Minsk agreements, he said. Although the agreements remain the only agreed framework for a negotiated peace in eastern Ukraine, they unfortunately remain largely unal deald, including their main security and policy aspects, he said. “Negotiations appear to have lost momentum,” with stakeholders unwilling or unwilling to agree on new measures, he said, noting that in-depth discussions had taken place in separate forums without UN involvement. Mr. MARTIN SAJDIK, special representative of the OSCE President-in-Office in Ukraine and the Trilateral Contact Group, spoke via video conference from Minsk and provided a snapshot of successes and setbacks on the ground. Despite years of attempts to implement the Minsk agreements, the crisis in eastern Ukraine continues, he said. In 2018, great progress has been made, including in the field of telecommunications, which is essential for the civilian population, especially for the elderly who are awaiting retirement. But there are also some setbacks, particularly with regard to conditions at border crossings, which continue to deteriorate, he noted. According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), 1.1 million border crossings take place in one month, he said, stressing that “full implementation of the Minsk agreements is essential.” He said that the special observation mission continued to monitor and report on developments in security, but that challenges to free movement remain, particularly in areas under state control. He stressed the responsibility of both sides to meet their obligations and to ensure effective monitoring by the OSCE, as outlined in the package, and said that the mission should continue to facilitate the implementation of the Minsk agreements while continuing to monitor the security situation and reporting on the facilitation of dialogue to reduce tensions and promote normalization throughout Ukraine.

In this context, the mission announced patrol activities in remote areas, he said. Heidi Grau, Special Representative of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Office`s current Chair, said that despite the outbreak of violence in Donbass and the violation of the 2015 Minsk agreements, OSCE efforts have been made to withdraw troops and equipment in three pilot areas, the exchange of prisoners , municipal election agreements in areas not controlled by the Ukrainian government, and a review of Voda Donbasa. the company that supplies water to Donetsk. Mr. DIAN TRIANSYAH DJANI (Indonesia) stressed that respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of States was a fundamental principle of international relations and called on the parties to respect and fully implement the Minsk agreements. He encouraged all parties concerned to promote the equidistant withdrawal of all heavy weapons in order to create a safe zone and called on all parties concerned to exercise restraint, manage the crisis responsibly, promote a peaceful settlement and ensure respect for international law.