In 2014, there was an attempt to end the bloodshed in the predominantly Russian Donbas region which had been going on for 8 years with 14,000 civilian casualties. An agreement brokered by France and Germany with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE ), Ukraine and Russia was concluded initially on September 5, 2014. There was an attempt to strengthen it on September 19 and again in February 2015.

Here is the initial September 5, 2014 version of the Minsk Protocol from the UN, sometimes called Minsk I: Protocol on the results of consultations of the Trilateral Contact Group (Minsk Agreement). This agreement was modified by adding additional conditions to control violations and signed September 19, 2014.

With the initial agreement not working, a UN Security Council resolution, sometimes called Minsk II was signed in February 2015: Adopted by the Security Council at its 7384th meeting, on 17 February 2015. Here it is in a more succinct format: Package of measures for the Implementation of the Minsk agreements

The OSCE has the agreement of Sept. 19, 2014 in Russian only which is rather curious given their participant role. Memorandum of 19 September 2014 outlining the parameters for the implementation of commitments of the Minsk Protocol of 5 September 2014.

As much as I dislike using Wikipedia due to their proven biases on particular topics, I think they offer good coverage of the Minsk agreements.

The intent of the agreement was to stop the fighting and hold a referendum in the Donbas provinces. The expected result by all parties was that these provinces would end up being autonomous regions independent of Kiev with a buffer zone to protect the citizens from attack. As we found out from Angela Merkle recently (Former German Chancellor Merkel admits the Minsk agreement was merely to buy time for Ukraine’s arms build-up), the West and the Ukraine had no intention of honouring the agreement.

Recent Articles

It’s been over a week since I last reported but here are some recent reports from my usual sources. The first is with Col. Douglas Macgregor (21:10 minutes):

Weakening Russia still a Good Idea? Col Doug Macgregor

The next is with LTC Tony Shaffer (21:07 minutes):

Ukraine, Russia & China – Understanding it All w/ Tony Shaffer

Finally, here is Scott Ritter (25:13 minutes):

Drone Incident: Biden’s Dangerous Escalation – Scott Ritter

Current News and Views

The Frontline As I Publish

Here is a report from yesterday which I am using because it gives an in-depth analysis of the fighting over Bakhmut (10:15 minutes). I’ve been watching WEEB for 2 months and overall, it is a steady Russian advance day by day, house by house and block by block. No one with a functioning mind can conclude that Ukraine is winning.

Russian Forces Advance In Bakhmut & Avdiivka | Ukraine Counterattacks | Full Front Update 20/03/23

Articles In This Series

Refer to the series index in The WWIII Chronicles.


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