4 May 2018, 19:08
Kiev refuses talk on its military presence in Zolotoye disengagement area
LUGANSK, May 4 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Kiev refused to discuss the presence of its troops in a disengagement area outside Zolotoye, said LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva.
She said that during today's talks in Minsk Ukrainian representatives proposed to discuss the opening of a checkpoint in the Zolotoye area.
"They refused to answer our question, why Ukrainian military equipment and troops are present at the checkpoint, saying that it is the issue covered by the security subgroup."
The LPR People's Militia has repeatedly reported new positions being constructed by Kiev's troops at the disengagement area No. 2 Pervomaisk-Zolotoye. According to reports, Ukrainian army relocates troops and military equipment to the area, restricting OSCE monitors access to the sector. The OSCE SMM has registered violations of the disengagement conditions by the Ukrainian side in the vicinity of Zolotoye.
LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk on September, 21 initialed a framework agreement on pullback of forces in Donbass, that was also signed by representatives of Ukraine, Russia and OSCE. The document provides for three disengagement areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Lugaskaya and Petrovskoe (DPR territory). Heads of LPR and DPR Igor Plotnitskiy and Alexander Zakharchenko signed the agreement on September 22 and 23, respectively.
The disengagement has been carried out in Zolotoye and Petrovskoe. All previous attempts to disengage in Stanitsa Lugansksya area, and there were over 40 of them, were disrupted by the Ukrainian side.
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 adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
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