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10 October 2019, 14:08

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Kiev fails Zolotoye disengagement again - LPR Office at JCCC

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LUGANSK, October 10 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukraine on Thursday yet again failed the disengagement of forces and hardware on the contact line in the Zolotoye area despite the Minsk Agreements, head of the Lugansk People’s Republic Office at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination Mikhail Filiponenko said.

“The Ukrainian side is not even making attempts to disengage forces and hardware in  Zolotoye zone No 2,” Filiponenko said. “Regrettably, the goodwill we showed today by firing a flare for a second time in the hope that Ukraine would come to its senses and begin to implement the Minsk Agreements has been unavailing, too.”

Ukraine failed the first attempt to disengage forces and hardware in Zolotoye on October 9. The LPR informed the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine that it was ready to make a new disengagement attempt on October 10.   On Thursday, LPR militiamen fired a white flare to signal their readiness to begin the withdrawal of militia units.

LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk in 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 security areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Luganskaya and Petrovskoe (DPR territory). The disengagement has been completed in all three areas by now; however, Kiev forces deploy manpower and hardware in Zolotoye and Petrovskoye areas in violation of the agreements.

The Contact Group participants at the meeting in Minsk on October 1 agreed the resumption of the disengagement process in Zolotoye and Petrovskoye. Contact Group coordinator for OSCE Martin Sajdik said that the parties had set October 7, 2019 as the date for resuming the disengagement. However, on October 7, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadim Pristaiko said that the Ukrainian army would not launch the process until seven days had passed since the last recorded ceasefire violation. In response, LPR Foreign Minister Vladislav Deinego said that “no seven days mentioned by Mr Pristaiko are envisioned this time, and that regardless of the provocations, the disengagement must take place.”

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.

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 — 10 October — Lugansk