26 March 2018, 12:30
Contact Group announces ceasefire from March 30, midnight
LUGANSK, March 26 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The Contact Group has re-affirmed its commitment to a comprehensive, sustainable and unlimited ceasefire, starting from midnight, 30 March 2018.
"Keeping in mind the forthcoming Easter celebrations, and guided by earlier agreements and obligations of the sides, the Contact Group and the representatives of certain areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions re-affirm their full commitment to a comprehensive, sustainable and unlimited ceasefire, starting from 30 March 2018 at 00 hrs. 01 min," the statement of the Contact Group published on the OSCE website says.
Earlier, LPR envoy to the Minsk talks, acting foreign minister Vladislav Deinego said after the Contact Group meeting in the Belarussian capital on 28 February that the parties had agreed “absolute ceasefire” effective from midnight, Kiev time, and 1:00 a.m., Lugansk time, March 5. Kiev forces violated the truce on March 6 opening fire at the Lozovoye village area.
The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than ten times since autumn 2014. Kiev forces regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 26 March — Lugansk