10 April 2018, 13:38



People’s Militia urges intl organisations to put pressure on Kiev over disengagement issue

LUGANSK, April 10 (Lugansk Media Centre) - LPR People’s Militia is urging international organizations to press Kiev into fulfilling its commitments on withdrawing forces and hardware on the contact line in the Stanitsa Luganskaya area, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said.

Earlier in the day, Ukraine failed to carry out the disengagement envisioned by the Minsk agreements.

“We’re calling upon Ukraine to meet its commitments and are urging international organization to press Kiev into withdrawing its forces and hardware in the Stanitsa Luganskaya disengagement area,” Marochko said.

LPR People’s militia repeatedly said that it was ready to pull back its forces and hardware in the Stanitsa Luganskaya area on the condition of mirror moves by Ukraine.

LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk on September 21, 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 Petrovskoye (DPR territory).

Heads of LPR and DPR Igor Plotnitskiy and Alexander Zakharchenko signed the agreement on September 22 and 23, respectively. The disengagement was completed in Petrovskoye and Zolotoye areas. Kiev failed to pull back its forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya area more than 70 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 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 — 10 April — Lugansk