LPR completes disengagement of forces, hardware in Stanitsa - Deinego
LUGANSK, June 27 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Lugansk People’s Republic has completed the withdrawal of its units as envisioned by the Minsk Agreements on the disengagement of forces and hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya, the LPR Foreign Minister, the Republic’s envoy to the Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego said.
“Under the Contact Group’s Framework Agreement on the disengagement of forces and hardware, the LPR people’s militia units were withdrawn from their positions in the Stanitsa Luganskaya disengagement zone,” Deinego said. “We hope that Ukraine will do the same.”
The disengagement of forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya, which Kiev had failed more than 80 times since 2016, began on June 26 afternoon. LPR representatives at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination Roman Ivanov noted that the process might take up to three days.
The LPR repeatedly said that it was ready for disengagement of forces and hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya on the condition of mirror moves by Ukrainian forces.
LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk in 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 Petrovskoe (DPR territory). The disengagement was completed in Petrovskoye and Zolotoye areas. Kiev failed to pull back its forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya area more than 80 times.
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 — 27 June — Lugansk