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26 November 2019, 17:39

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OSCE SMM confirms LPR pullback in Zolotoye - JCCC

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LUGANSK, November 26 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine confirmed that the Lugansk People’s Republic completed the disengagement of forces and hardware in the Zolotoye area., head of the LPR Office at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) Mikhail Filiponenko said.

“The LPR measures to disengage forces and hardware are 100 percent complete,” Filiponenko said. "The OSCE SMM has verified it.”

“As a gesture of goodwill, the LPR is cleaning the area around the OSCE camera of vegetation for quality monitoring of disengagement zone No 2,” he added.

On November 1, the LPR finished the withdrawal of the militia units on the contact line in the Zolotoye area. According to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, Kiev also completed the pull-out. The LPR and Ukraine simultaneously resumed the disengagement of forces and hardware in area No 2 (Zolotoye) on October 29. Mine clearance in the area is expected to be completed by November 26.

LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk in 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 security areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Luganskaya and Petrovskoe (DPR territory). The disengagement was completed in Zolotoye and Petrovskoye in 2016; later on Kiev  deployed manpower and hardware in these two areas in violation of the agreements.  In Stanitsa Luganskaya, the disengagement was only completed in late June 2019 as Ukraine had sabotaged the process.

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 — 26 November — Lugansk