LUGANSK, July 17 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The Contact Group has endorsed a recommitment to ceasefire starting from July 21, the Russian news agency Tass reported citing Russian representative to the Contact Group Boris Gryzlov.
“The Contact Group has endorsed a statement on an indefinite ceasefire in effect from July 21. The statement includes additional measures to enhance effectiveness of ceasefire observance.”
The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire for more than twenty times since autumn 2014. Kiev forces regularly violate the truce opening fire with heavy artillery, mortars and tank guns, which should have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk Agreements.
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.
LuganskMediaCentre — 17 July — Lugansk