12 July 2018, 17:56



Kiev fails Stanitsa Luganskaya disengagement it initiated - LPR People’s Militia

LUGANSK, July 12 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukraine has failed the attempt to disengage forces and hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya it initiated, LPR People’s Militia’s spokesman Andrey Marochko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“Ukraine promoted itself again at the Contact Group session in Minsk showing that it was seeking to disengage forces and hardware in the Stanitsa Luganskaya area,” Marochko said. “An accord was reached to carry out the disengagement on July 13.”

“However, the Ukrainian side resorted to the traditional false accusations of the Republic in order not to honour the accord.

“Overnight to July 12, Ukrainian forces in the Stanitsa Luganskaya area came under deliberate friendly fire, and blamed the attack on People’s Militia. The incident was reported by the press service of the occupation forces headquarters today,” the spokesman said.

The key condition for the Stanitsa Luganskaya disengagement is the observation of ceasefire for seven days.

“The People's Militia has not delivered fire; it has strictly observed the new truce from the moment it was announced,” Marochko said.

LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk on September 21, 2016 initialled a framework agreement on partial pullback of forces in Donbass, that was also signed by representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE. The document provides for three disengagement areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Luganskaya and Petrovskoye (DPR territory). Heads of the LPR and the DPR Igor Plotnitskiy and Alexander Zakharchenko signed the agreement on September 22 and 23, respectively. The disengagement was completed in Petrovskoye and Zolotoye areas. Kiev failed to pull back its forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya arear more than 70 times.

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 — 12 July — Lugansk