LUGANSK, February 2 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukraine failed its own plans for disengagement of forces and hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya area on 2 February, alleging shelling by LPR forces, an official at LPR Mission to the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) said.
Contact Group coordinator OSCE Martin Sajdik said after the meeting in Minsk on 31 January that Ukraine had announced a possibility to withdraw forces and hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya on 1 or 2 February.
“During the meeting of the Contact Group working group on security, the Ukrainian representative said that 2 February was the tentative date of Stanitsa Luganskaya disengagement of forces and hardware, if no shelling was recorded in the area in the run-up to the withdrawal,” LPR Mission to JCCC said.
“As of 2 February 2018, the last ceasefire violation in the area was recorded on 25 December 2017, according to daily reports by OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine,” LPR Mission said.
“Despite OSCE SMM reports, Ukraine continued to unilaterally record LPR strikes at Stanitsa Luganskaya ahead of Ukraine-appointed disengagement date, which was at variance with LPR Mission's information. Therefore, Ukraine, as of today, had all the reasons to fulfil the framework agreement yet it failed the disengagement of forces and hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya area again, showing its complete unwillingness to implement the Minsk Agreements,” it said.
Earlier, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko said Kiev's statements alleging readiness to pull back its forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya area could not be confirmed.
LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk on 21 September 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 Petrovskoe (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 for more than 70 times alleging shelling by LPR.
OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine has confirmed more than ten times that the parties observed the 7-day ceasefire in the area as preliminary condition before proceeding with disengagement.
The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on 12 February 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.