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28 September 2016, 15:06

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LPR People's Militia: Ukraine violates ceasefire crucial for the disengagement (PHOTOS)

Ukrainian forces in vicinity of Stanitsa Lugaskaya continuously violate the ceasefire crucial to fulfill a framework agreement on partial pullback of forces in Donbass, LPR People's Militia stated.

"This night the Armed Forces of Ukraine shelled People's Militia positions near the Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge with infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) guns, AGS automatic grenade launchers, under-barrel grenade launchers and heavy machine gun," said People's Militia representative major Andrey Marochko.

"This area is closely watched by OSCE Special Monitoring Mission and the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC). The disengagement is set here," he added.

"People's Militia respects the agreements reached and does not return fire on shellings from Ukraine side that violate the ceasefire. Seven days of durable 'silence regime' needed for the disengagement to start and we can see Ukraine undermining the truce," Marochko said.

The members of the Contact Group on the implementation of the peace plan in the East of Ukraine at a meeting in Minsk on August, 26 agreed on complete ceasefire in Donbass effective from midnight April, 30. Since the autumn of 2014 it is the 9th attempt to set up a durable 'silence regime'. Вut due to systematic ceasefire violations by Ukrainian forces, that shelled the Republics territories with artillery, mortars and tanks that were to be withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements, LPR and DPR urged a strict implementation of comprehensive ceasefire effective from September, 15. Kiev promised to observe the truce.

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

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 — 28 September — Lugansk