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9 June 2020, 16:37

Minsk-2

LPR, DPR, Russia, OSCE don’t take Kiev’s “Donbass representatives” seriously - Miroshnik

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LUGANSK, June 9 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Donbass Republics, Russia and the OSCE do not regard Kiev-appointed “Donbass representatives” as participants in the talks, Lugansk People’s Republic representative to the Contact Group political subgroup Rodion Miroshnik told the Lugansk Media Centre after negotiations via video conference on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, the Office of the Ukrainian president said that Ukraine had involved representatives of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions in the Contact Group work for the first time. Though these persons have lived in Kiev-controlled territory since the beginning of the conflict, the Ukrainian leadership believes that they have to represent the interests of displaced persons and LPR and DPR residents.

“None of the group members, be they from the LPR, DPR, Russia or OSCE have taken Kiev’s additional participants as a new side to the negotiations which would have even the slightest right to discuss or finalise the issues addressed by the political subgroup in Minsk,” Miroshnik said. “The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry announced them in an official note and they sat at the Ukrainian delegation’s table.”

Kiev tasked “two radical bloggers allegedly from Donetsk, a traumatologist and a former prosecutor’s office employee” with representing displaced persons’ interests,” he said.

“These will finalise everything, it’s no problem to them,” this is what Kiev’s representative said to the Contact Group political subgroup as he was introducing the new members of his delegation, Miroshnik said.

However, the new Ukrainian representatives were unable to take place in the political subgroup’s discussion.

"Of the four new Ukrainians, two didn’t say a single word during the four hours of the meeting. One tried to take the floor a couple of times, but was unable to understand the topic of the negotiations and the OSCE coordinator (Pierrer Morel) had to stop him. He suggested that the man take his complaints about hard life to the humanitarian group because the political group did not address such issues,” the LPR representative said.

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.

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 — 09 June — Lugansk