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10 October 2019, 09:35

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LPR informs OSCE SMM about readiness for October 10 disengagement - Deinego

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LUGANSK, October 10 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Lugansk People’s Republic informed the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine about the readiness for a new attempt to begin the disengagement of forces and hardware on the contact line in the Zolotoye area as envisioned by the Minsk Agreements, LPR Foreign Minister, the Republic’s envoy to the Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego said.

On October 9, Ukraine foiled the resumption of the disengagement in the Zolotoye and Petrovskoye areas.

“We’re still ready for the disengagement in Zolotoye; ready to fire a white flare to signal our readiness,” Deinego said. “However, such steps, in accordance with the schedule plan coordinated in Minsk, have to be made simultaneously. The LPR informed the OSCE SMM about these intentions. We hope that the Ukrainian side will take the same steps synchronously.”

He expressed the hope that “the team of (Ukrainian President Vladimir) Zelensky had enough power and was capable of overcoming the pressure of radical nationalists and making tangible progress in decreasing the armed confrontation on the contact line.

On Wednesday, the situation in Ukraine-controlled territory of the Lugansk region sharply worsened as the disengagement in the Zolotoye area failed. Nationalistic gunmen from the National Corps group and “volunteer battalions” veterans who had fought against Donbass in the course of the so-called “anti-terrorist operation” protested the fulfilment of the disengagement obligations by Kiev. They broke though the Ukrainian police checkpoint in Kremennaya and headed towards Zolotoye. The nationalists said they were ready to deploy volunteer units at the positions left by the Ukrainian army in order to “protect civilians from the “separatists.”

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 securityareas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Luganskaya and Petrovskoe (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.

The Contact Group participants at the meeting in Minsk on October 1 agreed the resumption of the disengagement process in Zolotoye and Petrovskoye. Contact Group coordinator for OSCE Martin Sajdik said that the parties had named October 7, 2019 as the date for resumption the disengagement. However, on October 7, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadim Pristaiko said that the Ukrainian army would not begin disengagement until seven days had passed since the last recorded ceasefire violation. In response, LPR Foreign Minister Vladislav Deinego said that “no seven days mentioned by Mr Pristaiko are envisioned this time", and that "regardless of the provocations, the disengagement must take place.”

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 — 10 October — Lugansk