Kiev says Stanitsa Luganskaya disengagement possible on 10 December - Deinego
LUGANSK, December 5 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukrainian representatives said that it was possible to begin the disengagement of forces and hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya area on 10 December, LPR envoy to Minsk talks, the Republic’s acting Foreign Minister Vladislav Deinego said after the meeting of the Contact Group and its working groups in Minsk on Tuesday.
“The parties discussed Stanitsa Luganskaya disengagement issues. Ukraine believes it is possible to begin disengagement on 10 December, but makes a number of reservations which show that it actually has no such intentions,” Deinego said.
“Russian representatives suggested 8 December for disengagement date because the latest ceasefire violation by Ukraine in the area was recorded by OSCE Special Monitoring Mission on 1 December which is not noted in its report yet becomes obvious if the incident described in the report is checked against the map,” he said.
“We stated our readiness to carry out disengagement in Stanitsa on any date approved by the parties, yet we don’t pin much hope on Ukraine’s proposals,” the envoy added.
LPR People’s militia earlier 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.
INCREASING NUMBER OF STRIKES
Deinego said that the working group on security also discussed contact line ceasefire measures.
Contact Group security subgroup coordinator for OSCE Ertugrul Apakan noted a significant increase in ceasefire violations in the recent period. “Despite constant and insistent demands that Ukraine publish the orders placing a ban on opening fire and holding responsible those who disobey, Ukrainian army units flatly ignore this provision agreed upon back in August,” he said.
“At the Contact Group meeting, the Republics’ representatives reiterated the demand for reciprocal implementation of the accords and the publication of the orders for the military. The Republics published such orders immediately after the announcement of the ‘school ceasefire’ Ukraine has not published them up to date. Furthermore, nationalistic squads seem to be unaware of them. “This is what the gunmen say who were caught trying to break through our positions,” Deinego said.
The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire for more than ten 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 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.
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