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8 June 2018, 17:48

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Minsk-2

Deinego: no result in security talks over Kiev's presence in demilitarized zones

LUGANSK, June 8 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The security subgroup videoconference to look into Kiev's violations of the Disengagement Agreement, convened at the LPR request, yielded no results because of the Ukrainian stance, said LPR acting Foreign Minister representing the Republic at Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego.

He said that the LPR demanded an emergence meeting within the framework of the Framework decision on the disengagement of forces and equipment as the Ukrainian army was deploying troops and arms to demilitarized areas.

"Unfortunately, the Ukrainian side abruptly refused to discuss the issue at the Contact Group level, instead, the talks were held in the security subgroup format. As it was expected, the talks have not resulted in anything, as the subgroup is not authorized to endorse political decisions, while Ukraine definitely takes decisions to proceed with an armed conflict," Deinego said.

He specified that Ukrainian army reinstalled positions outside Zolotoye and Petrovskoye, where earlier the disengagement had taken place.

Tensions has recently ramped in the Zolotoye area after Kiev redeployed troops and weapons banned under the Minsk Agreements to demilitarized zones.

LPR People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko that the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission observers had been recording increased combat activity in the Zolotoye area for two weeks and in the disengagement area. Earlier, Marochko repeatedly stated that Ukrainian army units had been creating obstacles to the OSCE’s monitoring in the Zolotoye area with the view of hiding their equipment and that Ukraine, in violation of the Minsk Agreements, was installing new positions in disengagement area No 2 Pervomaisk-Zolotoye.

LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk on September 21, 2016 initialled 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 Luganskaya and Petrovskoye (DPR territory). Heads of LPR and DPR Igor Plotnitskiy and Alexander Zakharchenko signed the agreement on 22 and 23 September, respectively. The disengagement was completed in Petrovskoye and Zolotoye areas. Kiev failed to pull back its forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya area for more than 70 times.

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 — 08 June — Lugansk