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16 February 2018, 15:05

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Deinego urges intl community to obligate Kiev to adhere to Minsk Agreements

LUGANSK, February 16 (Lugansk Media Centre) - LPR envoy to Minsk talks, acting Foreign Minister Vladislav Deinego urged the international community to press Kiev into adhering to the Minsk Agreements.

“I wish to request the international community to press Kiev authorities into keeping to the Minsk Agreements and prevent the development of the situation which is becoming increasingly possible judging by our monitoring and intelligence data,” Deinego told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre.

“Due to Ukraine’s clear intentions it has been showing for the past several months, we raised this problem and it was a key point (at the Contact Group meeting in Minsk on 14 February),” he added.

“I still hope that Ukraine’s if interfered with at all available venues, will stop the process and that the situation will not deteriorate,” the diplomat said.

Earlier, Deinego said Ukraine was strengthening army positions in the “anti-terrorist operation” zone to mount tensions on the contact line. He also said high Donbass tensions were advantageous to Ukrainian authorities.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 16 February — Lugansk