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1 October 2016, 16:26

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Deinego: LPR and DPR to insist on Kiev withdrawal obligations within time limit set

At the next Minsk Contact Group meeting, LPR and DPR  will insist on Ukraine fulfilling the obligations under the Framework Agreement on Disengagement of Forces and Hardware as scheduled.

Earlier in the day just before the disengagement was to begin in accordance with the Framework Agreement, Ukraine’s reps reported via the JCCC their unpreparedness to pullback troops in Stanitsa Luganskaya area.

During the disengagement in the second zone - Zolotoye village - Ukranian reps were not available on the phone, and the communication was reestablished via JCCC. As the result, a signal for pullback was given after a five-minute delay.

"The Republics' representatives to Minsk negotiations will insist that Ukraine must fulfill the Framework Agreement on Disengagement of Forces and Hardware as scheduled. Unfortunately, Kiev has not yet confirmed its readiness to pull back forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya area and in Pertovskoye area (DPR)," said LPR envoy to Minsk negotiations Vladislav Deinego.

"To move forward in establishing demilitarized zones it is essential to get Kiev’s confirmation that they are ready to pull back forces in these two areas (Stanitsa Luganskaya and Petrovskoye)," he added.

According to Deinego, Donbass wants "to hear the Ukranian side explanation of why they were not ready today, October 1, to implement the Framework Agreement in  Stanitsa Luganskaya and Petrovskoye, as earlier they expressed readiness for a disengagement."

He reiterated Republics’ willingness "to carry out Addendum 1 of the Framework Agreement dated September 21 as soon as Ukranian side officially states its preparedness."

Earlier in the day LPR People's Militia representative major Andrey Marochko reported that LPR militia has finalized preparations for the disengagement and waits for the Ukranian side to "fulfill assumed responsibilities and obligations in its turn." He reminded that the forces are to be withdrawn "simultaneously and symmetrically."

LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk on September, 21 initialed a framework agreement on partial pullback of forces in Donbass, that was also signed by representatives of Ukraine, Russia and OSCE. The document provides for three disengagement areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Lugaskaya and Petrovskoe (DPR territory). Heads of LPR and DPR Igor Plotnitskiy and Aleksandr Zakharchenko signed the agreement on September 22 and 23, respectively.

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 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 — 01 October — Lugansk