Deal is straightforward yet Kiev drags its feet (by Ambassador Yakovenko for FT)

Sir, The latest flare-up in eastern Ukraine is just more evidence of the Kiev government choosing war over reform (Letters, February 1). It has been dragging its feet over implementation of its part of the Minsk 2 accords reached by the Normandy Four two years ago.

The deal is a straightforward recipe for a political solution as opposed to a military one. It is well in line with European values. It requires that the authorities partner with the regions in implementing the political provisions. Instead, they stick to their Orwellian “anti-terrorist operation”.

I agree with those who suspect that this time Kiev’s goal is to prevent normalisation of our bilateral dialogue with the US under the new administration. A dangerous game indeed.