11 March 2021, 19:11


LPR urges intl community to influence Kiev to avoid escalation - Kobtseva

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LUGANSK, March 11 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Lugansk People’s Republic urges the international community to influence the Ukrainian government to avoid the escalation of the Donbass conflict, LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“The situation at the talks is very tense at present, and it is Ukraine that caused the tension,” she said.

“They make statements, remarks and accusations contrary to the Minsk Agreements, in order to provoke the Republic’s representatives to certain return moves. I again address the international community which has to make the right assessment of current events and use all the available means and influence on the Ukrainian government, in order to prevent casualties, both among civilians and servicemen,” Kobtseva said.

Earlier on Thursday, LPR’s authorised representative at the Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego said that head of the Ukrainian delegation in the Contact Group Leonid Kravchuk had reconfirmed that Ukraine did not intend to fulfil the Minsk Agreements and that it was preparing for conflict escalation.

On Wednesday, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Yakov Osadchiy said that Kiev forces had shelled the Zolotoye-5 area.

The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. Conflict settlement relies on the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, signed on February 12, 2015 in the Belarussian capital by the Contact Group members and coordinated by the Normandy Four heads of states (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution No 2202 of February 17, 2015 and called upon the parties to ensure its implementation.

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 — 11 March — Lugansk