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22 October 2019, 16:02

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Kiev forces dig 670 meters of new trenches in Zolotoye, violate disenagement - Deinego

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LUGANSK, October 22 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces dug more than 670 meters of new trenches in the Zolotoye security zone in violation of the disengagement of forces and hardware agreed by negotiators in Minsk, Lugansk People’s Republic envoy to the Minsk talks, Foreign Minister Vladislav Deinego said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“This is the real situation reflected in reports by OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine,” Deinego said. “In September - October, before the beginning of the implementation of the schedule plan, the OSCE SMM recorded 675 meters of new trenches dug out in the Zolotoye disengagement areas.”

“We managed to disengage forces and hardware in this area on October 1, 2016, several days after the signing of the relevant document. Just over these three years, Ukraine took the disengagement area under effective control. Now it has to eliminate these violations,” he said.

“Ukraine has not been making any productive steps on this track. Furthermore, the OSCE SMM reported 50 meters of new trenches dug out by Ukrainian forces after their failing the October 7 deadline.

On October 9, Ukraine foiled the resumption of the disengagement in the Zolotoye and Petrovskoye areas. The OSCE SMM confirmed that the new attempt made on October 10 was unavialing, too.

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. However, on October 7, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadim Pristaiko said that the Ukrainian army would not begin disengagement until seven days had passed since the last recorded ceasefire violation. The Donbass Republics said that the recording of seven days of “silence” was not stipulated by the disengagement agreement.

LuganskMediaCentre — 22 October — Lugansk