27 December 2018, 20:55



Contact Group welcomes ceasefire recommitment in Donbass - Deinego

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LUGANSK, December 27 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The Contact Group has welcomed the newly agreed Christmas ceasefire in Donbass, said LPR acting Foreign Minister representing the Republic at Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego.

"The Contact Group has supported the decision of the security subgroup to announce indefinite ceasefirefrom 1.01 a.m. December 29, 2018 (GMT+3)."

The decision of the Contact Group is to published shortly.

Deinego said earlier that the Ukrainian representatives at the Contact Group meeting on December 19 foiled decision making on a key issue, namely, the Donbass Republics’ proposal to introduce the New Year and Christmas ceasefire on December 22. The LPR People’s Militia said that it viewed Ukraine’s refusal to support the December 22 Christmas ceasefire as a demonstration of its aggressive plans and intentions.

On December 20, the LPR and DPR representatives, in a statement to the Minsk Agreements guarantors, said that they wholly supported the French and German political directors’ call to the Contact Group participants urging ceasefire resumption along the contact line without any reservations.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than 20 times since the autumn of 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 February 12, 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution 2202 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 — 27 December — Lugansk