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5 October 2018, 12:27

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Kiev derails disengagement in Stanitsa Luganskaya area – LPR People's Militia

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LUGANSK, October 5 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukraine has failed the attempt to disengage forces and hardware in the Stanitsa Luganskaya area, said LPR People’s Militia command acting chief of staff Colonel Mikhail Filiponenko who has arrived today to the checkpoint.

Today, the LPR People's Militia has attempted once again to carry out the disengagement of forces and hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya area, zone No.1. A signal flare has been fired.

"No action followed from the Ukrainian side," said LPR People's Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko.

"Ukrainian armed forces have proved today that they are not ready to deliver on agreements reached in Minsk. Today, they did not want to withdraw forces and hardware."

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 — 05 October — Lugansk