5 October 2017, 18:40



Apakan demands that Kiev deals with ceasefire violators - Deinego

LUGANSK, October 5 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The Contact Group security subgroup coordinator of the OSCE Ertugrul Apakan urged the parties to the conflict to look into each ceasefire violation case and take measures towards preventing such incidents, LPR envoy to Minsk talks, acting LPR Foreign Minister Vladislav Deinego told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre on Thursday.

“The security subgroup customarily focused on the monitoring of the ceasefire which we had declared as indefinite from 25 August in connection with the beginning of the new school year,” Deinego said. “Regrettably, we’ve discussed the situation more than once, but have been unable to make the declaration fully effective.”

“There’s been a certain decrease in the number of strikes though.  In our territory, we have a wavelike pattern for strikes: for example, our territory was shelled up to 30 times before the UN General Assembly session and when it finished, we had a certain decrease in strikes. Immediately before the session, the number of strikes dropped to three or four; at present we have an increase, up to ten strikes per day,” he said.

The LPR envoy said that Apakan had urged the parties to arrange complete control over these violations.

“Mr Apakan presented the dynamics to show that the number of ceasefire violations decreased by approximately two-fold from the previous week. He urged the parties to arrange complete control over these violations, investigate them, find the culprits and come up with the measures towards preventing such violations,” he said.

“Regrettably, Ukraine has ignored from the beginning OSCE SMM representatives’ demands for publishing ceasefire orders, penalties for disobeying and reports on ceasefire violation probes and punishment of the culprits. While we and DPR published our orders, Ukraine flatly refuses to do so despite the fact that OSCE SMM periodically raises this issue,” Deinego said.

“It seems that according to Ukraine's logic, such actions can stop the strikes which they don’t want,” the diplomat said.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on 12 February 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by its 2202 Resolution and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.

The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

To facilitate the work of the Contact Group, four working groups were set up under its aegis to deal with issues of security, politics, return of internally displaced people and refuges, as well as with social, humanitarian, economic and rehabilitation issues.

LuganskMediaCentre — 05 October — Lugansk