Ukraine: Armed Conflict

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 17th March 2021.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the Minsk Protocol as a basis for a long-term settlement to the conflict in Ukraine.

Photo of Wendy Morton Wendy Morton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

During the Foreign Secretary's meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in October last year, he reaffirmed the UK's commitment to supporting Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The UK has been clear on the importance of finding a diplomatic solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. We fully support the Minsk agreements, which consist of the 5 September 2014 Minsk Protocol, the 19 September Minsk Memorandum, and the 12 February 2015 Minsk Package of Measures. We also support the work of Germany and France within the Normandy Format and the work of the OSCE in the Trilateral Contact Group. The Russian Federation has taken unilateral steps which undermine Ukrainian sovereignty and run contrary to both the letter and the spirit of the Minsk agreements. We continue to call on Russia to play its part to end the conflict by immediately ceasing its support for the armed formations it backs, withdrawing its military personnel and weapons from the territory of Ukraine and fulfilling its obligations under the Minsk agreements.

The UK remains one of the largest contributors to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, which monitors the security situation in Ukraine. We continue to call for the Special Monitoring Mission to have full, safe and unimpeded access throughout the whole of Ukraine, including non-government controlled areas, as is provided for by the Minsk agreements.

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