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30 March 2021, 20:03

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ICRC catches Kiev lying at humanitarian subgroup video conference - LPR delegation

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LUGANSK, March 30 (Lugansk Media Centre) - International Committee of the Red Cross representatives at the video conference of the Contact Group subgroup on economic issues exposed Kiev representatives’ lie, said Maria Kovshar, press secretary of the Lugansk People’s Republic delegation.

“The parties focused on the payment of retirement benefits to pensioners with reduced mobility; ICRC representatives who had brought forward their proposals to resolve the problem, were invited to join the discussion. However, Ukraine provided misinformation regarding the mechanism, allegedly designed jointly with the ICRC, which the ICRC representatives denied,” she said.

The press secretary said that as before, Ukraine, “in discussing water supply issues, was ready for productive dialogue over the LPR’ meeting its commitments to pay the bills for the water supplied by Ukraine,” while the issue of ensuring security for repairs on six water supply facilities which requires coordination with Ukraine, has been outstanding since February 19, 2021.”

“Environmental safety, wage debt to laid-off railway workers and Vodafone’s electricity debt, though included in the agenda, were not discussed in substance due to Ukraine’s unpreparedness. Much time was spent on discussing the opportunity to consider these issues, for example, the Vodafone matter,” Kovshar said.

She said that the “main issue of the economic subgroup , namely the restoration of socio-economic times across the contact line is still being blocked by Ukraine.”

The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. Conflict settlement relies on the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, signed on February 12, 2015 in the Belarussian capital by the Contact Group members and coordinated by the Normandy Four heads of states (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution No 2202 of February 17, 2015 and called upon the parties to ensure its implementation.

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.

To facilitate the work of the Contact Group, four working groups were set up under its aegis to deal with issues of security, politics, return of internally displaced people and refuges, as well as with social, humanitarian, economic and rehabilitation issues.

LuganskMediaCentre — 30 March — Lugansk