31 January 2017, 12:42



LPR head hopes guarantor countries take Ukraine to task for shelling

LPR Head Igor Plotnitskiy hopes that Minsk agreements guarantor countries will take Ukraine to task for intensifying shelling of Donbass republics.

“As for stopping the shelling, we’ve contacted top-level officials in all countries acting as guarantors (of Minsk agreements implementation – eds Lugansk Media Centre). I believe they will talk to Ukraine over the issue and that Ukrainian forces at least stop the shelling,” Plotnitskiy said at meeting with LPR regional officials on Tuesday.

“That’s as far as politics goes. But if (Ukrainian president) Poroshenko decides to resolve issues with war, we’ll reciprocate. We’ve never denied that in case of direct military actions (provocations excluded) our response will be adequate,” Plotnitskiy said.

The members of the Contact Group at the meeting in Minsk on December 21st agreed to enforce a comprehensive and durable ceasefire in effect from December 24th. The deal has become the 10th truce agreement since the autumn of 2014. Earlier, 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 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.

LuganskMediaCentre — 31 January — Lugansk