Kiev completes disengagement in Stanitsa with 3 years delay - Deinego
LUGANSK, June 30 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Kiev has finalized procedure for the disengagement of forces and hardware in the Stanitsa Luganskaya zone three years after it was expected to be demilitarized, said LPR Foreign Minister representing the Republic at Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego.
"The Ukrainian side has finally completed the disengagement that was agreed to in 2016. I would like to point out that it should have transpired three years ago, but Kiev sabotaged it 81 times."
He said it was necessary to proceed with the implementation of the Steinmeier formula and that Kiev restores parity in the disengagement areas of Petrovskoye and Zolotoye.
The OSCE SMM has confirmed it has received notifications on completion of disengagement in Stanytsia Luhanska disengagement area.
The Mission's spot report issued on Sunday reads that "On 29 June, the SMM received a Note Verbale from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine notifying that the Ukrainian Armed Forces had completed disengagement in the agreed disengagement area near Stanitsa Luganskaya".
On 30 June, the SMM received a letter from the LPR People's Militia "notifying that they had completed disengagement in the agreed disengagement area near Stanitsa Luganskaya".
On 26 June, the Mission had observed the armed forces of the sides leaving their most forward positions, together with their weapons, and exiting the disengagement area.
The disengagement was agreed to at the Minsk talks on September 21, 2016. The framework agreement on partial pullback of forces in Donbass provides for the disengagement in the designated areas outside Petrovskoye, Zolotoye and Stanitsa Luganskaya. The sides are expected to pull back forces to form demilitarized zones no less than 2 km deep and 2 km wide. Any advance to the safety zones is banned as well as any presence of military personnel, arms, equipment, mines, shelling, jamming and activities restricting the OSCE SMM patrols’ freedom of movement.
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 Resolution 2202 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.
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