17:43 Mar. 18, 2016
The deputy speaker of Ukraine's Parliament Oksana Syroid in the interview for NYT
None have been tougher than Parliament's de facto rejection of Minsk II, which takes its name from the capital of Belarus where President Petro O. Poroshenko and Russia's president, Vladimir V. Putin, signed it, with French and German mediation.
Ms. Syroyid, who entered Parliament in 2014, has emerged as the face of this rejection, unabashedly rallying her fellow members of Parliament to stand fast against Western pressure.
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While politicians in Russia and Ukraine have taken turns blaming one another for stalling the implementation of Minsk II, Ms. Syroyid has proudly taken credit.
After visiting Ms. Syroyid last month, and again hearing she would not budge, Germany's foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said this week that the credibility of the Minsk process was threatened. "Both sides need to perform," Steinmeier said. Full story