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6 November 2019, 18:37

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LPR demines 350 m of road in Zolotoye disengagement area

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LUGANSK, November 6 (Lugansk Media Centre) – LPR has demined 350 meters of the road within the Zolotoye disengagement zone, said LPR People’s Militia command acting chief of staff Colonel Mikhail Filiponenko.

LPR began mine clearance activities and de-installation of fortifications in Zolotoye zone on November 4.

"LPR keeps fulfilling its obligations to clear the disengagement area outside Zolotoye," he said.

"We have accomplished demining 350-meter long and 30-meter wide area along the road," Filiponenko added.

According to him, the OSCE SMM has recorded no violations in the area, the works are ongoing in accordance with the schedule.

LPR completed the process of disengagement in Zolotoye area on November 1.

LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk in September 2016 initialed 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 security areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Luganskaya and Petrovskoye (DPR territory). The disengagement has been completed in all three areas by now; however, Kiev forces deploy manpower and hardware in Zolotoye and Petrovskoye areas in violation of the agreements.

On October, 9, 10 and 11 Kiev failed three attempts to disengage forces and hardware on the contact line in the Zolotoye area. Ukrainian nationalistic formations set on resisting the disengagement arrived in the town. Later on, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky ordered Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov to clear Zolotoye of nationalists.

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 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 — 06 November — Lugansk