27 February 2017, 11:18



DPR and LPR demand Kiev stops railroad blockade by March 1 - leaders' statement

DPR and LPR demanded that Kiev stops railroad blockade of the Republics by March,1, or they shall place under receivership enterprises operating under Ukrainian jurisdiction, said DPR and LPR heads Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitskiy.

"Kiev organized and continues the blockade of railroad, using radicals, and threatens to block roads connecting Donbass to Ukraine. It rounds counter the Minsk Agreements and in principle characterises current Ukrainian authorities as unable to care about their citizens. A lot of enterprises were stopped as a result oа Kiev's criminal actions."

“We are forced to declare that if the blockade continues into March, that is after Wednesday midnight, we shall place under receivership enterprises operating in the republics under Ukrainian jurisdiction."

"We shall halt coal exports to Ukraine. There is neither opportunity no settlement schemes for the exports. We shall rearrange production for Russia’s and other countries markets. It was our first promise on the agenda when we proclaimed the Republics,” the leaders' statement reads.

Former participants of the offensive against Donbass, the so-called ATO, mostly radicalized participants of nationalistic squads, are blocking railroad stretches in Donbass since the end of January, aiming to interrupt the restoration of communications between Ukraine and the Republics.

The issue of railroad connection restoration has been discussed during the Contact Group meetings.

The members of the Contact Group at the meeting in Minsk on December 21st agreed to enforce a comprehensive and durable ceasefire in effect from December 24th. The deal has become the 10th truce agreement since the autumn of 2014. Earlier, 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 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 — 27 February — Lugansk