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26 November 2018, 14:17

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

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LUGANSK, November 26 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukraine has failed the 79th attempt to disengage forces and hardware in the Stanitsa Luganskaya area, said LPR People’s Militia command acting chief of staff Colonel Mikhail Filiponenko.

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, as it was agreed by the Contact Group in Minsk. LPR notified Ukraine on November 24 of its plans to complete disengagement.

At 11.58 a.m. November 26 LPR troops positioned outside Stanitsa Luganskaya fired white signal flare to signalize the readiness to begin withdrawal.

The SMM members said they saw the white flares, though their colleagues on the other side of the river, where Ukrainian positions are located, said the fog was too thick to see the signal, though they heard the sound.

"Unfortunately we have to announce that the Ukrainian side has again derailed te disengagement," said LPR People’s Militia command acting chief of staff Colonel Mikhail Filiponenko.

LPR acting foreign minister Vladislav Deinego said that Ukrainian army shelled LPR positions outside Stanitsa on November 24 to derail the disengagement, as at least seven-day silence regime should be established and confirmed in the sector to carry out the disengagement.

"Anyway, if we react to every single drunken soldier firing somewhere and the bullet ending up hitting our territory, we shall never be able to disengage forces. The LPR is committed to its obligations; that is why we do not consider non-systematic violations an obstacle to disengagement," Deinego explained.

He said that today's attempt was 79th in the succession of efforts to establish a demilitarized zone around the Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge.

LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk on September 21, 2016 initialed 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 — 26 November — Lugansk