2 August 2017, 20:29


OSCE does not confirm Stanitsa Luganskaya shelling alleged by Kiev

OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine has not recorded ceasefire violations in the Stanitsa Luganskaya disengagement area since 14 July 2017, LPR envoy to Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego told Lugansk Media Centre in comments on the Contact Group security subgroup’s talks in Minsk on Wednesday.

“Security subgroup coordinator, Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (Ertugrul) Apakan noted that the latest ceasefire violation was recorded by OSCE on 13 July,” Deinego said.

“However Ukraine regularly reports strikes which it allegedly records in the area saying that it makes disengagement of forces and hardware impossible,” he said.

The envoy added that aside from the Stanitsa Luganskaya disengagement, the participants in the meeting considered new disengagement areas and additional security zones for economic infrastructure facilities.

Earlier, LPR People’s militia said it was ready for disengagement of forces and hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya on the condition that Ukrainian forces withdrew simultaneously.

On 21 July, Kiev failed the 73rd attempt to disengage forces and hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya area.

LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk on 21 September 2016 initialled a framework agreement on partial pullback of forces in Donbass, that was also signed by representatives of Ukraine, Russia and OSCE.

The document provides for three disengagement areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Luganskaya and Petrovskoe (DPR territory). Heads of LPR and DPR Igor Plotnitskiy and Alexander Zakharchenko signed the agreement on 22 and 23 September, respectively.

The disengagement was completed in Petrovskoye and Zolotoye areas. Kiev failed to pull back its forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya area for more than 70 times.


LuganskMediaCentre — 02 August — Lugansk