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18 March 2018, 12:51

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Kiev fails Stanitsa Luganskaya disengagement, again (PHOTOS)

LUGANSK, March 18 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Ukraine failed the disengagement of forces and hardware in sector one "Bridge - Stanitsa Luganskaya" on March 18, said LPR People’s Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko.

"The Ukrainian side has failed the disengagement today, again," he said.

Marochko said the Republic was ready to pull back its forces and hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya area on the condition Ukraine responses in kind.

Today LPR representatives fired a white signal flare at 11.55 a.m. to inform Ukrainian troops on the opposite side of the Severskiy Donets river that the Republic is ready to pull back its forces.

Due to the difficult weather conditions, the white smoke signal was not visible across the river, and the OSCE SMM patrol on the LPR side informed their colleagues on the Stanitsa side of the signal.

No reply from Ukrainians followed.

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 SMM 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.

LuganskMediaCentre — 18 March — Lugansk