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15 January 2019, 14:52

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Kiev plots provocations in Stanitsa Luganskaya as OSCE chairman due to arrive

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LUGANSK, January 15 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukrainian army command plans provocations during OSCE chairman Miroslav Lajcak's visit to Stanitsa Luganskaya in the zone of the so-called Joint Forces Operation (JFO), Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“On January 16, incumbent OSCE chairman Miroslav Lajcak is expected to visit the Stanitsa Luganskaya settlement located in the 59th Brigade’s responsibility zone together with a Ukrainian delegation led by Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin to assess the current situation,” Marochko said. “Chief of the Ukrainian army’s General Staff Viktor Muzhenko will participate in this work.

“According to our intelligence, the JFO command plans to carry out provocations in Stanitsa Luganskaya during the OSCE fact-finding mission, with the view of blaming the LPR militia for ceasefire violations,” he said.

The spokesman added that on January 15, representatives of the media outlets controlled by the JFO arrived in the Stanitsa Lugansk area, accompanied by officers of the 72nd Centre for Information and Psychological Operations, which is indirect proof of the enemy’s plans.

“For its part, the LPR People’s Militia gives full security guarantees to the delegation led by Mr Lajcak in its work in immediate proximity to the contact line of which we had informed him in a letter in advance,” Marochko said.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than 20 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 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 — 15 January — Lugansk