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6 December 2016, 22:28

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LPR envoy: Security group discusses Makeyevka shelling despite Kiev resistance

Contact Group working group on security issues discussed late October Makeyeka shelling by Kiev forces despite Ukrainian representatives’ objections, LPR envoy to Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego said after a meeting in the Belarussian capital on Tuesday.

On 27 October, Kiev forces fired artillery rounds at neighbourhoods in Makeyevka and other DPR settlements, as well as DPR Defense Ministry units positions along the contact line. Five people, including three civilians were killed and another 16, including two children, were injured.

“Despite stubborn resistance of Ukrainian representatives, the working group on security issues reviewed the Makeyevka shelling issue,” Deinego said.

“The data provided by DPR public committee on shelling updated and detailed the OSCE report, and was presented to the working group members for review,” he went on.

Deinego said the public committee's conclusions are unquestionable, substantiated and final. This information “exposes Ukraine” which explains Kiev’s active resistance during the discussion.

Ukraine did not resist the dialogue over other agenda items, but no breakthrough was made, the LPR envoy said adding that disengagement of forces and hardware and demining issues had been discussed.

“All Contact Group’s working groups except the working group on security issues which ended its work today plan to open their sessions at 10 a.m. on Wednesday,” Deinego said.

"The Contact Group is scheduled to meet at 12 a.m.,” he said.

The members of the Contact Group on the implementation of the peace plan in the East of Ukraine at a meeting in Minsk on August, 26th agreed on complete ceasefire in Donbass effective from midnight April, 30. Since the autumn of 2014 it is the 9th attempt to set up a durable 'silence regime'. Вut due to systematic ceasefire violations by Ukrainian forces, that shelled the Republics territories with artillery, mortars and tanks that were to be withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements, LPR and DPR urged a strict implementation of comprehensive ceasefire effective from September, 15. Kiev promised to observe the truce, though LPR People's Militia records violations by Kiev forces almost daily.

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 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 — 06 December — Lugansk