// Russia and New States of Eurasia. 2021. No IV (LIII). P. 31-42
Abstract. The rather one-sided interpretation by the US and EU countries of the essence of the Minsk Agreements as the restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, which was particularly evident in 2021, and the growing military assistance to Kiev from the US and a number of Western countries led to a tightening of the position of the Zelensky administration regarding prospects of the implementation of the Minsk Agreements and demands of their open revision. And the example of Azerbaijan's successful military campaign in Nagorno-Karabakh in the context of the modernization of the Ukrainian military forces has put on the agenda the question of a possibility and success of the use of force scenarios in the process of restoring territorial integrity of the country. The situation around Donbass is gradually turning into a large scale international crisis with potentially extremely destabilizing consequences for the entire international security system. As a result, Ukraine, under the leadership of a populist president, appeared on the verge of war, also capable of acting as a detonator of a serious aggravation in the total system of international relations.
Keywords: armed conflict, foreign policy, Minsk agreements, Ukraine, USA, EU
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