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17 May 2018, 15:50

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Kiev intentionally heightens tensions during Minsk talks - People’s Militia

LUGANSK, May 17 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev intentionally worsens the Donbass situation during Minsk talks using prohibited weapons to show that it is protected by its western partners, LPR People Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“We believe that the worsening situation can be explained by the fact that observing the ceasefire is disadvantageous to Ukraine,” Marochko said. “Earlier this week, and during Contact Group’s meetings in Minsk Ukrainian forces deliberately heightened tensions using prohibited weapons."

“Consequently, Ukraine shows the international community that under the protectorship of the so-called “western partners” it can do whatever it pleases, especially because Poroshenko promised to take the People's Republics under Ukrainian control this year,” he said.

The spokesman underlined that the LPR People’s Militia was observing the ceasefire while promptly responding to the changing situation.

“We’re implementing countermeasures against the emerging threats; if Kiev attempts to resolve the conflict by force, it’ll meet with our response which it will regret,” Marochko said.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than ten times since autumn 2014. Kiev forces regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.

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 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 — 17 May — Lugansk