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10 April 2018, 13:13

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Kiev again fails Stanitsa Luganskaya disengagement - LPR People’s Militia (PHOTOS)

LUGANSK, April 10 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukraine has again failed to meet its commitments under the Minsk agreements to disengage forces and hardware on the contact line in Stanitsa Luganskaya, LPR People Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said at a checkpoint in the area.

“The LPR People’s Militia waited for ten minutes after firing a signal flare which showed the Republic’s readiness to begin the disengagement of forces and hardware,” Marochko said. “The Ukrainian side did not responded to the signal.”

“As before, we’ve seen Ukraine’s unwillingness to fulfil the obligations it undertook in Minsk,” the spokesman said.

LPR People’s Militia representative at a Stanitsa Luganskaya checkpoint earlier on Tuesday fired a white signal flare confirming the readiness to begin the withdrawal of LPR units. The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission representatives reported that Ukraine had recorded the flare launch.

LPR People’s militia repeatedly said it was ready for disengagement of forces and hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya on the condition that Ukrainian forces withdrew simultaneously.

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 Petrovskoe (DPR territory). Heads of LPR and DPR Igor Plotnitskiy and Alexander Zakharchenko signed the agreement on September 22 and 23, 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 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 — 10 April — Lugansk