New Year ceasefire exhausted, recommitment under discussion - LPR's Ivanov
LUGANSK, February 27 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The New Year ceasefire endorsed by the Contact Group in late December 2018 has been exhausted, a new one is needed, said LPR representative in the security subgroup at the Minsk talks Roman Ivanov.
"The Republics of Donbass have emphasized the importance of adherence to ceasefire on both sides in light of the fact that the current ceasefire has been exhausted by continued violations by the Ukrainian side."
According to Ivanov, the coordinator from the OSCE Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan suggested another ceasefire recommitment on the eve of upcoming spring holidays.
Ivanov said that Donbass Republics propose to include the following additional measures into the recommitment announcement:
- Ban on sabotage and reconnaissance activities;
- Ban on advancements;
- Ban on sniper fire;
- Ban on shooting in 3-km-wide zone established around vital civil infrastructure;
- Adoption of a unified system of security guarantees coordination for any activity in the areas adjoining the contact line,
- Adopting control mechanism of its implementation.
"The discussion of the spring recommitment is ongoing," Ivanov said.
He has also discussed the February 26 provocation in Mikhailovka with Apakan.
The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire for more than twenty times since autumn 2014. Kiev forces regularly violate the truce opening fire with heavy artillery, mortars and tank guns, which should have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk Agreements.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 — 27 February — Lugansk