17 February 2017, 17:27



OSCE SMM should begin to tell truth to win LPR, DPR trust – Plotnitskiy

LPR and DPR will regain confidence in OSCE Special Monitoring Mission operating in Donbass when its observers begin to give objective assessment of Kiev forces crimes in the republics, LPR Head Igor Plotnitskiy said.

“We have one position with Alexander Vladimirovich (Zakharchenko – eds Lugansk Media Centre): we believe that confidence should be mutual. As of today, our confidence in OSCE mission is badly dented,” LPR head said at a meeting with OSCE SMM Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug, which he jointly had with his DPR counterpart Alexander Zakharchenko.

“Once again, Alexander Vasilyevich and I urge objective assessment, so that you (OSCE SMM – eds Lugansk Media Centre) truthfully tell people that Ukrainian forces violate the Minsk agreements,” Plotnitskiy told Hug.

“When you give fair coverage of Tochka-U tactical missiles’ being fired at Donetsk, when you tell fair and square who initiates the armed conflict we’ll fully regain our confidence in you,” he said.

The Donbass republics are ready to cooperate with SMM on equal terms, LPR head added.

The members of the Contact Group at the meeting in Minsk on December 21st agreed to enforce a comprehensive and durable ceasefire in effect from December 24th. The deal has become the 10th truce agreement since the autumn of 2014. Earlier, Kiev forces regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 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 — 17 February — Lugansk