8 May 2018, 17:45


Kiev again fails disengagement in Stanitsa Luganskaya area - LPR Mission to JCCC

LUGANSK, May 8 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukraine has again failed the Minsk Agreements terms to disengage forces and hardware on the contact line in the Stanitsa Luganskaya area, the LPR Mission to the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) said.

At 11:40 on May 8, 2018, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission’s Soledar liaison team informed the LPR Mission to the JCCC that it had received no notification from Ukraine about its readiness to disengage forces and hardware in Area No 1 “Stanitsa Luganskaya” on May 8 and on other days,” it said.

“During the May 4 meeting of the Contact Group, the Ukrainian representative (Leonid Kuchma) said that the sides could possibly disengage forces and hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya on May 8, if no shelling was recorded in the area in the run-up to the date,” the LPR Mission said.

“According to OSCE Special Monitoring Mission daily reports, the last ceasefire violation in the area was recorded on April 30, 2018.

“The LPR representatives said at the Minsk talks that they were ready to disengage at Area No 1 “Stanitsa Luganskaya” upon the receipt of the corresponding notification from Ukraine,” it said.

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 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 May — Lugansk