29 September 2016, 14:37



People's Militia starts demining and dismantling of checkpoints in disengagement areas

LPR People's Militia has started demining and dismantling of checkpoints in the disengagement areas, a Militia's spokesman informed.

"People's Militia has been preparing the disengagement of forces and military hardware in two areas, Stanitsa Luganskaya and Zolotoe," said People's Militia representative major Andrey Marochko.

"Dismantling and relocating of checkpoints to the distances specified in the Minsk agreement is under way today in these areas. Demining was carried out in Zolotoye area," he said.

"We strictly observe the "silence regime" and are committed to fulfill the Minsk agreements," Marochko emphasized.

LPR People's Militia is to start on October, 1st a pullback of forces foreseen by the framework agreement on disengagement. One of the three disengagement areas is located near Stanitsa Luganskaya.

The members of the Contact Group on the implementation of the peace plan in the East of Ukraine at a meeting in Minsk on August, 26 agreed on complete ceasefire in Donbass effective from midnight April, 30. Since the autumn of 2014 it is the 9th attempt to set up a durable 'silence regime'.

Вut due to systematic ceasefire violations by Ukranian government forces, that shelled the Republics territories with artillery, mortars and tanks that were to be withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements, LPR and DPR urged a strict implementation of comprehensive ceasefire effective from September, 15. Kiev promised to observe the truce.

LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk on September, 21 initialed 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 Lugaskaya and Petrovskoe (DPR territory). Heads of LPR and DPR Igor Plotnitskiy and Aleksandr Zakharchenko signed the agreement on September 22 and 23, respectively.

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 — 29 September — Lugansk