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23 August 2017, 15:00

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Minsk-2

LPR ready to stick to ceasefire as the new academic year begins - Deinego's statement

STATEMENT (IN RUSSIAN)

LUGANSK, August 23 (Lugansk Media Center) - The LPR is ready to provide silence regime as the new academic year begins, said the LPR representative at the Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego in his statement seen by Lugansk Media Center.

"The LPR is committed to the initiative of the Contact Group supported by the Normandy Four on establishing a ceasefire as the new academic year begins and confirms its readiness to provide a sustainable ceasefire," he said.

Deinego said the Republic still had hope for a durable silence regime, thought previously Ukraine had violated it as soon as 30 minutes after agreement had come into force.

"We hope the ceasefire will last and allow to form a basis for the mutual trust between the conflict's parties and to create the environment for a political settlement of the Donbass conflict by means of implementation of the agreements signed in Minsk," he added.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire for 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 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 — 23 August — Lugansk