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9 October 2016, 13:06

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Minsk-2

Kiev disrupts fourth attempt to carry out the disengagement in Stanitsa Luganskaya (PHOTOS)

Kiev disrupted today the fourth attempt to carry out the disengagement of forces and military hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya area.

"As you can see, Ukraine has again failed to fulfill conditions of the Framework Agreement on Disengagement brokered by the Contact Group which set the time limit for the pullback until October, 5th, 2016, by this time the forces should have been pulled back to back area positions," said LPR Operations Command chief colonel Oleg Anaschenko.

"LPR People's Militia once again showed readiness to withdraw and fulfill the Minsk Agreements. Hardware and personnel are ready to pullback, but Ukraine again failed to fulfil agreements signed in Minsk. We completed the procedures on our side," he said.

"Today at 10.50 a.m. a white signal flare was launched to inform on our readiness," Anaschenko told journalists.

LPR envoy to Minsk negotiations Vladislav Deinego said that Kiev's poor control over its military units in the area might be behind repeated failures to disengage.

"Kiev's control of its military units is so poor that soldiers are left unattended, representatives of Ukrainian armed forces and General Staff cannot assert their command. In order not to come out at the short end, they just don't give command (to withdraw) knowing that it is useless. Ukraine tries to conceal its inability to organize the pullback making up pretexts like simultaneous withdrawal (in Stanitsa and Petrovskoye), bad weather, feeling sick and so on," Deinego explained.

Today LPR was ready to make the fourth attempt to complete the pullback of forces in Stanitsa Lugankaya area as provided in the Framework Agreement on Disengagement. The disengagement was scheduled for 11 a.m. still there was no confirmation from the Ukrainian side by that time. At around 12.30 p.m. Ukrainian military said they postponed the process.

Earlier LPR reported that People's Militia had finalized preparations for the disengagement and was waiting for the Ukrainian side to "fulfill assumed responsibilities and obligations in its turn." LPR reminded that the forces are to be withdrawn "simultaneously and symmetrically."

LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk on September, 21 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 Lugaskaya and Petrovskoe (DPR territory). Heads of LPR and DPR Igor Plotnitskiy and Aleksandr Zakharchenko signed the agreement on September 22 and 23, respectively.

Still, on October 2nd, 3rd, 7th and 9th Kiev failed to start and complete the disengagement in Stanitsa Luganskaya area.

The disengagement was completed in Petrovskoye area (DPR) and Zolotoye (LPR).

The members of the Contact Group on the implementation of the peace plan in the East of Ukraine at a meeting in Minsk on August, 26 agreed on complete ceasefire in Donbass effective from midnight April, 30. Since the autumn of 2014 it is the 9th attempt to set up a durable 'silence regime'.

Вut due to systematic ceasefire violations by Ukrainian forces, that shelled the Republics territories with artillery, mortars and tanks that were to be withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements, LPR and DPR urged a strict implementation of comprehensive ceasefire effective from September, 15. Kiev promised to observe the truce.

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 — 09 October — Lugansk