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15 March 2017, 16:44

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Kiev refuses to discuss Normandy Four decision on Donbass settlement – LPR envoy

Kiev refuses to discuss the decision on political settlement of the Donbass crisis adopted by the Normandy Four, said LPR envoy to Minsk negotiations Vladislav Deinego.

"Ukraine explicitly shows it is not going to fulfill the signed Minsk Agreements. Blocking all the elements of the Minsk Agreements has become a "signature" behavior of Ukraine at the talks."

"The key (starting) point is a question of implementing the law on special status under the "Steinmeier formula", which is to be the basis for further discussion of the modalities of the local elections," Deinego said.

German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier's formula sets out the principles of implementation of the Ukrainian law "On local self-government order in certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk region". According to his plan, the law should be enforced on the day of local elections on a temporary basis, and permanently upon the OSCE publishing its report on the elections outcome.

"Since the beginning of 2016 Ukraine has not presented any draft documents, any official position on any of the political agenda points. Ukraine refuses to discuss the way of implementing the law on the special status under the "Steinmeier's formula."

"As of today this is the only decision adopted in the Normandy Four format concerning the political settlement of the Donbass crisis (launching the law on the special status on the elections day and on permanent basis – after the OSCE observer mission reports on the outcome)," Deinego said.

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by Ukrainian forces, that shelled the Republics territories with artillery, mortars and tanks that were to be withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements, LPR and DPR urged a strict implementation of comprehensive ceasefire effective from September, 15.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 — 15 March — Lugansk