20 December 2017, 19:31



LPR mission to JCCC asks SMM to urge Kiev to refrain from escalation in Donbass

LUGANSK, December 20 (Lugansk Media Center) – LPR mission to the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) has asked the OSCE SMM to urge Kiev to refrain from escalation, LPR People's Militia told Lugansk Media Center.

"The LPR mission to the JCCC askes the OSCE SMM to urge Kiev to refrain from escalation of the Donbass conflict, abstain from provocations they organize, to adhere strictly to the Minsk Agreements,"    reads the letter of the LPR mission to the JCCC head Mikhail Filiponenko sent to the OSCE SMM chief monitor Ertugrul Apakan.

LPR People’s Militia Command acting chief Colonel Mikhail Filiponenko has been appointed the head of LPR representation in the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC).

LPR representatives at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination began unaided recording of ceasefire violations by Kiev forces, after Russian officers at the JCCC had to leave Republics and Ukraine territory.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday that Moscow would withdraw its representatives from the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination because of Ukraine’s interfering with their work. Ukraine, too, announced its intention to withdraw its JCCC representatives from the conflict zone.

Russian officers left Ukraine's territory in the evening December 19.

Kiev forces artillery shelled Stakhanov and Pervomaisk overnight to 19 December. An elderly woman died when a densely-populated Stakhanov district came under fire, and another three persons were wounded; the strikes damaged houses and broke gas pipes. A Pervomaisk resident was wounded in the shelling, and houses and infrastructure facilities were damaged.

LPR People's Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko said that Kiev forces had used the withdrawal of JCCC officers to shell LPR territory with impunity.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than ten times since autumn 2014. 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 12 February 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 — 20 December — Lugansk