18 January 2018, 21:38


LPR People's Militia ready for disengagement of forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya area on Jan. 21

LUGANSK, January 17 (Lugansk Media Centre) – LPR People's Militia stands ready to carry out the disengagement of forces and hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya area on January 21, said LPR Defense representative Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko.

"LPR People's Militia is ready for the disengagement in Stanitsa Luganskaya area on January 21, on condition of the mirror withdrawal of forces on the Kiev's side," he said.

Earlier in the day the LPR mission to the JCCC said Kiev confirmed at the security subgroup meeting thet it is ready to carry out the disengagement on January 21.

LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk on September 21, 2016 initialed a framework agreement on 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 Lugaskaya and Petrovskoe (DPR territory). Heads of LPR and DPR Igor Plotnitskiy and Alexander Zakharchenko signed the agreement on September 22 and 23, respectively.

The disengagement has been carried out in Zolotoye and Petrovskoe. All previous attempts to disengage in Stanitsa Lugansksya area, and there were over 40 of them, were disrupted by the Ukrainian side.

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 adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

LuganskMediaCentre — 18 January — Lugansk