16 February 2017, 14:20



LPR People’s Militia ready for contact line disengagement

LPR People’s Militia is ready to withdraw forces and hardware from the contact line, including in Stanitsa Luganskaya area.
“At the Minsk talks yesterday, the Contact Group again considered earlier disengagement areas including Stanitsa Luganskaya,” LPR People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre.
“We reiterate that we’re ready for disengagement in this area anytime. We adhere to the Minsk agreements and are ready to implement them,” the spokesman said.
The Contact Group met in Minsk on Wednesday over eastern Ukraine de-escalation. After the talks, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine Martin Sajdik said the parties had agreed withdrawal of all heavy weapons banned by the Minsk Agreements, to be carried out by 20 February.
However, LPR envoy to Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego said he doubted that Kiev would fulfil the disengagement accords.
Meanwhile, the Russian representative at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) denied Kiev’s accusations that LPR had been shelling Stanitsa Luganskaya.
On 25 January, Ukraine again disrupted the withdrawal of forces and hardware and Deinego said that Stanitsa disengagement should precede the negotiations over new disengagement areas.
LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk on September, 21th 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 disengagement areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Luganskaya and Petrovskoe (DPR territory). Heads of LPR and DPR Igor Plotnitskiy and Aleksandr Zakharchenko signed the agreement on September 22th and 23th, respectively. The disengagement was completed in Petrovskoye and Zolotoye areas. Kiev failed to pull back its forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya area for several times.
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 — 16 February — Lugansk