26 October 2016, 13:21



Kiev is not ok with water issue talks in Minsk, thought brought the matter up in Berlin

Kiev disrupted the talks of economic subgroup that had been scheduled for today in Minsk, showing its unwillingness to settle the issues it has addressed at the Normandy Four level, LPR envoy to Minsk talks said. 

"Despite Poroshenko's efforts to bring LPR water supply issue up to the Normandy Four level, Ukraine is not ready to discuss the payments for water on the subgroup in Minsk level, even after the talks in Berlin. Today's cancelled talk only prove it," Vladislav Deiengo told Lugansk Media Centre.

He believes, Poroshenko understands the importance of payments "he was plaintively telling about Normandy Four countries" for Ukrainian enterprises.

"Still Ukraine is only capable of giving ultimatums over the water supplies demanding money from people it has deprived of social payments and pensions since July 2014, people it has been humiliating with the so-called counter terrorist operation forcing them to cross the contact line regularly."

Earlier Deinego said that Kiev claimed 270 mln hryvnia ($1 mln) that Lugansk allegedly owes it for water supply as the leaders of the Normandy Four (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine) were discussing the revival of stalled peace process in Donbass at roundtable talks in Berlin on Oct. 19-20, though the appropriate payment agreement is not signed yet.

The partners suggested Ukraine should settle the issue within the Contact Group working group for economic issues in Minsk, though its work is being hampered by Kiev caviling DPR representative status – Kiev reps refuse to talk to DPR's Maxim Leschenko without any reasonable argumentation or reliable information.

Political and security subgroups of the Contact Group talks are under way in Minsk. Humanitarian subgroup meeting was not scheduled for today. The Contact Group is to gather at 3 p.m.

The members of the Contact Group on the implementation of the peace plan in the East of Ukraine at a meeting in Minsk on August, 26th agreed on complete ceasefire in Donbass effective from midnight April, 30. Since the autumn of 2014 it is the 9th attempt to set up a durable 'silence regime'. Вut due to systematic ceasefire violations by Ukrainian forces, that shelled the Republics territories with artillery, mortars and tanks that were to be withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements, LPR and DPR urged a strict implementation of comprehensive ceasefire effective from September, 15. Kiev promised to observe the truce, though LPR People's Militia records violations by Kiev forces almost daily.

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 — 26 October — Lugansk