24 July 2020, 17:06



Additional Measures on ceasefire do not need Normandy Four approval - Deinego

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LUGANSK, July 24 (Lugansk Media Centre) – LPR Foreign Minister representing the Republic at Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego said that he was surprised by Zelensky's statement on the necessity to sign the package of additional measures to strengthen the ceasefire by the Normandy Four.

The Contact Group signed the hard-brokered package on Wednesday, after six hours of negotiation over the details.

Earlier the president of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky said that the package of additional measures to strengthen ceasefire should be approved by the leaders of the Normandy Four countries.

"The signatures of the sides to the conflict – LPR, DPR and Ukraine – are enough to implement the obligations by executing military orders. Still, Ukraine looks for a plausible justification to voice another position in securing the ceasefire," Deinego said.

He urged the international community to take all possible measures to bring Ukraine back into the framework of a meaningful dialog.

"LPR is responsible for its signatures under the Additional Measures. We confirm our readiness to implement the measures by (issuing) military commands, if Ukraine is also ready."

The following measures have been agreed to:

a)       Ban on offensive or reconnaissance operations, ban on using any aerial vehicles;

b)      Ban on fire, including sniper fire;

c)       Ban on deployment of heavy weapons to populated areas and adjacent territories, first of all, to civilian infrastructure, including schools, kindergartens, hospitals and public premises;

d)      Effective implementation of disciplinary measures against violators of the ceasefire and notification the Contact Group Coordinator thereof, who further notifies all its participants.

e)      Establishing and employing a coordination mechanism for reacting to ceasefire violations with assistance of the JCCC with its current membership.

f)        Retaliatory fire in case of an offensive is allowed only in case it is opened on the order of appropriate command of the Ukrainian armed forces or LPR, DPR People's Militia after unsuccessful attempt to employ the above mentioned mechanism. The Contact Group shall be notified of such orders;

g)       The above mentioned measures cannot be fully or partially disavowed by any other orders including classified orders.

The document was signed by all the sides of the Minsk Talks, as confirmed by the Coordinator of the Contact Group Heidi Grau.

LPR and DPR People's Militia immediately upon issuing the orders are to announce publicly that they are coming into force and fully comply with the measures coordinated by the Contact Group, while listing these measures.

LuganskMediaCentre — 24 July — Lugansk