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20 September 2019, 12:29

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Kiev does not punish ceasefire violators despite truce terms - Deinego

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LUGANSK, September 20 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukraine has not been investigating ceasefire violations despite the fact that it is envisioned by ceasefire control measures, Lugansk People’s Republic Foreign Minister, LPR envoy to the Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“The security subgroup analysed the current ceasefire which has been in effect since July 21; the OSCE estimates that it is the longest truce since the Minsk Agreements were signed,” Deinego said.

“One might argue the effectiveness of the truce as Ukraine continues to shell the LPR, but according to the OSCE approach and assessment - they compare the number of strikes and resultant damage - the ceasefire has been observed,” he added.

The LPR foreign minister said that “Ukraine largely ignored the implementation of ceasefire control measures.”

“The facts of violations by Ukraine recorded by the OSCE SMM are not analysed, conclusions are not drawn and the violators are not identified or punished, although all these norms are envisioned by the Contact Group statement made ahead of the ceasefire,” Deinego said.

He added that in the course of the security subgroup’s work at the latest Minsk talks, the LPR representatives demanded that Ukraine look into each ceasefire violation.

The Contact Group at the meeting in Minsk on July 17 agreed the “summer ceasefire” in Donbass starting at 00:01 on July 21, as well as ceasefire control measures such as a ban on opening fire with any weapons, and launching offensives and reconnaissance and sabotage operations. The ceasefire terms also ban the deployment of heavy armaments in residential areas.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than 20 times since the autumn of 2014. Kiev forces regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.

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.

 

LuganskMediaCentre — 20 September — Lugansk