12 June 2018, 15:12



LPR People’s Militia ready to implement Normandy Four decisions mutually with Kiev forces

LUGANSK, June 12 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The LPR People’s Militia is ready to fulfil all the peace-making decisions by the “Normandy Four” on a mutual basis with Ukrainian forces, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre on Tuesday.

On June 11, the foreign ministers of the “Normandy Four” - Germany, Ukraine, Russia and France - met in Berlin to discuss the implementation of the Minsk Agreements.

“To begin with, any negotiations are better than war. If they result in Donbass conflict de-escalation, it would be fine,” Marochko said.

“The LPR People’s Militia has always been striving towards a peaceful settlement of the conflict, we still regard it as a priority,” he said. “If the meeting leads to the accords which Kiev will begin to fulfil, we’re always ready to take action toward a peaceful settlement on a mutual basis.”

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 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 — 12 June — Lugansk