1 December 2016, 18:39



LPR water supply to be discussed at Dec 7 Minsk talks – envoy

Minsk talks participants will discuss at  December,7 meetings the resumption of water supply to the Lugansk People’s Republic, but there is little hope that Ukraine is going take a productive approach, LPR envoy to Minsk talks told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, Ukraine stopped water supply to LPR via Petrovksiy duct located on Kiev-controlled territory.

“Ukrainian representatives in the humanitarian group discussed the issue, but didn’t go beyond acknowledging that water supply was vital to people. It was declared that the economic group must continue its work,” Deinego said.

“However, even after the joint decision by the humanitarian group, Ukraine refused to unblock the work of the working group on economic issues,” he went on.

“We’ll see what happens on 7 December when the next meetings are scheduled.  OSCE working group coordinators set the task to resume this work, as did the Normandy Four leaders at the 19 October talks in Berlin,” the LPR envoy said. “The foreign ministers reiterated the task during their recent meeting in Minsk.”

“We don’t very much hope for Ukraine’s productive approach as we experienced Ukrainian policies. Yet motivation by European countries should produce an effect,” he said.

“We’re ready for any development such as Ukraine’s making all efforts to prevent proper water and power supply. We’re ready for all these attacks by those who seized power in Kiev and the right-wing radicals running things there. We are aware of their wish to destroy all People’s Republics residents and are ready to resist it,” the envoy added.

 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 — 01 December — Lugansk