22 July 2020, 21:15
Contact Group agress on Additional Measures to Control Ceasefire - LPR Foreign Ministry
LUGANSK, July 22 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The Contact Group has agreed on the package of additional measures to strengthen and control the ceasefire, the LPR Foreign Minister Vladislav Deinego said.
"After almost five months of intense talks Ukraine's agreement has been attained as to the LPR and DPR People's Militia and Ukrainian armed forces commands are to issue orders to secure the ceasefire that has been in place since July 21, 2019 and to introduce measures to secure it."
The orders must come into effect on July 27 and remain effective until the full settlement of the conflict.
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 — 22 July — Lugansk
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