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7 March 2019, 21:51

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LPR People's Militia ready to the Spring ceasefire effective from March 8

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LUGANSK, March 7 (Lugansk Media Centre) – LPR People's Militia is ready to commit to the conditions of the Spring ceasefire coming into force on March 8, said LPR People's Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko.

The security subgroup of the Contact Group has held a videoconference today to coordinate the Spring ceasefire coming into force on March 8.

"LPR People's Militia has always expressed determination to settle the conflict peacefully and considers it one of the top priorities. We are ready to commit another ceasefire and silence regime."

Marochko said that the LPR hoped for a similar reaction of the Kiev side.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire for almost two dozen times since autumn 2014. Kiev forces regularly violate the truce opening fire with heavy artillery, mortars and tank guns, which should have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk Agreements.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 — 07 March — Lugansk