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Ukraine stood in the uncomfortable position

Vladimir Zelensky after a long break, called Vladimir Putin. The sides discussed issues of implementation of agreements reached by leaders of 9 December 2019 in the framework of the "Norman format" and also welcomed the agreement on a full ceasefire in the Donbass in the framework of the Contact group — this information is available on the websites of both presidents.

The rest of the accents differ.

On the website of the Ukrainian President attention is paid to traditional Zelensky topic of exchange of detainees. And quite unexpectedly referred to the discussion of bills (for some reason called laws) on decentralization and on the special order of local government in certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which provides for amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine.

But on the Kremlin website, the emphasis is on the fact that adopted on 15 July, the Verkhovna Rada resolution on holding the local elections in 2020 contrary to the Minsk agreements and compromises prospects for settlement. And expressed concern over the recent statements of senior officials of Ukraine about necessity of revision of agreements.

If the statements are merely words (contradictory statements by representatives of the Ukrainian government doing for almost six years), the abolition of the contrary "Minsk" resolution Happy looks unrealistic. Especially when Zelensky, the war party is accused of "zrade" even the signing of this latest agreement on a cease-fire.

It is significant that the agreement on cease-fire and call Vladimir Putin was held a few days after the public circulation of the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov to Vladimir Zelensky. The point here is hardly that Zelensky was afraid for his life. Rather, in his entourage didn't take this appeal as a public signal that Russia is ready to move to a new format of relations with the inability of Ukrainian authorities. Himself Zelensky, bleiwasche transition to "plan B" if the Minsk agreement will not be completed before the end of 2020, of course, no alternative plan was not and has not.

And this meeting on the eve of the October local elections, losing ranking Zelensky is vital.

Nature demonstrative, but not yet irreversible steps of the Ukrainian authorities for a cease-fire, mentioning the discussion of draft laws, etc. lies in this.

But approved 15 July, the Verkhovna Rada a resolution in which local elections are scheduled for 25 October 2020, at the moment looks exactly like an irreversible decision, it was adopted by the constitutional majority of 326 votes.

According to this document, the elections of deputies of local councils and village, settlement and city heads will take place on October 25, but: "except as defined in paragraphs 2 and 3 of the resolution".

In the aforementioned paragraphs of the Ordinance provides that similar elections "in the temporarily occupied territories of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, city of Sevastopol, in some areas, cities, towns and villages of Donetsk and Lugansk regions not appointed and not conducted".

And paragraph 4 identifies five conditions under which will be assigned to the elections in the Crimea and beyond the control of the Donbass:

— termination of temporary occupation and military aggression of Russian Federation against Ukraine, namely: the withdrawal of illegal armed formations, managed, controlled and financed by the Russian Federation, the Russian occupation forces and their military equipment from the territory of Ukraine