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21 September 2017, 19:55

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Kiev accuses OSCE Special Monitoring Mission of lying - Deinego

LUGANSK, September 21 (Lugansk Media Centre) -  Kiev accused OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine of lying, LPR envoy to Minsk talks, the Republic’s acting Foreign Minister Vladislav Deinego told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre on Thursday.

“To make sure that Ukraine does not manipulate shelling data, OSCE SMM installed a surveillance camera on our side (proposed zone of disengagement of forces and hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya). The camera on the Ukrainian side has been installed a while ago, and OSCE SMM regularly uses the supplied information in its reports,” he said.

“Nevertheless, Ukraine accuses OSCE SMM for some reason assuring everybody that the camera is out of order though we see it installed and functioning with OSCE SMM reporting that the camera works and that it has not recorded any violations,” the acting foreign minister said.

“Kiev, by its actions, “actually accused OSCE SMM of lying, not only in connection with Stanitsa Luganskaya video monitoring but also other issues related to the disengagement of forces and hardware.”

“(OSCE SMM Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Mr Alexander) Hug named the four areas which he believes have been agreed. We are ready to consider all these four areas,” Deinego said.

“Ukraine claims that it has not coordinated the four areas, and categorically objects to Mr Hug’s assessment.

 Mr Hug probably has reasons to say that coordination of these areas has been carried out.  Apparently, Ukrainian representatives in the security subgroup do not have the information which is available to Mr Hug in this issue,” Deinego said.

Earlier, he said that OSCE SMM  confirmed that there were no impediments to the disengagement of forces and hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya area and that the the process could not get underway due to Kiev’s position.

LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk on 21 September 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 Petrovskoe (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 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 — 21 September — Lugansk