9 July 2019, 16:34



OSCE records Ukrainian troops presence in Stanitsa disengagement zone - LPR mlitia

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LUGANSK, July 9 (Lugansk Media Centre) - OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine observers recorded the presence of Kiev forces in the Stanitsa Luganskaya disengagement zone, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“Despite the disengagement of forces and hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya that has taken place, Ukrainian army’s 25th Brigade servicemen are still there,” Filiponenko said.  “The facts of Ukrainian servicemen’s presence in the demilitarised zone was confirmed in the OSCE SMM’s official report.”

He said that the possible reason behind the presence of Ukrainian servicemen in the disengagement zone is that they had been following an earlier order given by paratroopers chief Gen Mikhail Zabrodskiy to Brigade commander Col Oleg Zenchenko to prepare armed provocation and create a precedent for subsequent return of Ukrainian army units to their earlier positions.

In September 2016, representatives of Ukraine, the LPR, the DPR, Russia the OSCE initialled a framework agreement on partial pullback of forces in Donbass. The document provides for three disengagement areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Luganskaya and Petrovskoe (DPR territory). The disengagement was completed in Petrovskoye and Zolotoye areas. Kiev failed to pull back its forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya more than 80 times.

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 Resolution 2202 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 — 09 July — Lugansk