28 February 2018, 20:21


LPR People’s Militia ready to pull back forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya area on March 5

LUGANSK, February 28 (Lugansk Media Centre) - LPR People’s Militia is ready to pull back its forces and hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya area on March 5 only if Ukraine responds in kind, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre.

Earlier LPR acting Foreign Minister representing the Republic at Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego said the Contact Group had agreed to a disengagement on March 5.

“We’re always ready to pull back our forces and hardware in the area, but only in a “mirror move,” Marochko said.

LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk on 21 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 disengagement areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Luganskaya and Petrovskoe (DPR territory). Heads of LPR and DPR Igor Plotnitskiy and Alexander Zakharchenko signed the agreement on 22 and 23 September, respectively. The disengagement was completed in Petrovskoye and Zolotoye areas. Kiev failed to pull back its forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya area for more than 70 times alleging shelling by LPR. OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine has confirmed more than ten times that the parties observed the 7-day ceasefire in the area as preliminary condition before proceeding with disengagement.

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 — 28 February — Lugansk