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18 January 2018, 20:29

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Kiev says ready for disengagement in Stanitsa Luganskaya - LPR mission to JCCC

LUGANSK, January 18 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukrainian representatives at the Contact Group security subgroup meeting in Minsk on Thursday signalled readiness for disengagement of forces and hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya area on 21 January, said LPR mission to the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination and Minsk talks.

“Ukrainian representatives said they were ready for disengagement on 21 January 2018 on the condition that no strikes are delivered by LPR, despite the fact that as of this moment we have the 16th period of silence since 26 December 2017 which provides for disengagement of forces and hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya in accordance with the framework agreement terms,” the Mission said in a statement.

It noted that “Ukraine continues to unilaterally record strikes at Stanitsa Luganskaya which are not confirmed by OSCE Special Monitoring Mission’s daily reports and observers of LPR Mission to JCCC, thereby avoiding the fulfilment of their obligations.”

LPR People’s militia repeatedly said it was ready for disengagement of forces and hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya on the condition that Ukrainian forces withdrew simultaneously.

LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk on 21 September 2016 initialled a framework agreement on partial 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 Luganskaya and Petrovskoye (DPR territory). Heads of LPR and DPR Igor Plotnitskiy and Alexander Zakharchenko signed the agreement on 22 and 23 September, respectively. The disengagement was completed in Petrovskoye and Zolotoye areas. Kiev failed to pull back its forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya area for more than 70 times.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on 12 February 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.

To facilitate the work of the Contact Group, four working groups were set up under its aegis to deal with issues of security, politics, return of internally displaced people and refuges, as well as with social, humanitarian, economic and rehabilitation issues.

LuganskMediaCentre — 18 January — Lugansk