19 December 2017, 15:41


LPR reps at JCCC begin unassisted recording of Ukrainian strikes - People’s Militia

LUGANSK, December 19 (Lugansk Media Centre) - LPR representatives at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination began unaided recording of ceasefire violations by Kiev forces, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre.

“We aim at a peaceful solution of the Donbass conflict, so we provide comprehensive assistance to OSCE Special Monitoring Mission and strictly abide by the Minsk Agreements,” Marochko said.

“Starting today, our representatives at JCCC began self-sufficient vigorous work towards recording Ukrainian violations and interacting with OSCE SMM,” he said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday that Moscow would withdraw its representatives from the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination because of Ukraine’s interfering with their work. Ukraine, too, announced its intention to withdraw its JCCC representatives from the conflict zone.

Marochko earlier said that the Russian and Ukrainian JCCC officers had left Lugansk.

The LPR People’s Militia press service said the Lugansk People’s Republic had set up its office at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination.

Kiev forces artillery shelled Stakhanov and Pervomaisk overnight to 19 December. An elderly woman died when a densely-populated Stakhanov district came under fire, and another three persons were wounded; the strikes damaged houses and broke gas pipes. A Pervomaisk resident was wounded in the shelling, and houses and infrastructure facilities were damaged.

Marochko said that Kiev forces had used the withdrawal of JCCC officers to shell LPR territory with impunity.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 19 December — Lugansk