15 March 2017, 18:25


LPR rep: Kiev twice attempted to disrupt today's meeting of political working group

Kiev twice attempted to disrupt today's meeting of the political working group of the Contact Group in Minsk, LPR representative in the political subgroup of the Contact Group Rodion Miroshnik told Lugansk Media Center.

"Ukrainian side has twice attempted to disrupt the work of the political subgroup," he said.

"First, they demanded to put aside the agenda and discuss the Russian President's decree on recognizing LPR and DPR documents; further on (they demanded) to cancel the review of Donbas special status implementation mechanism."

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, 26th 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'. However, 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by Ukrainian forces, that shelled the Republics territories with artillery, mortars and tanks that were to be withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements, LPR and DPR urged a strict implementation of comprehensive ceasefire effective from September 15.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, though LPR People's Militia records violations by Kiev forces almost daily.

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 — 15 March — Lugansk