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27 December 2018, 10:02

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Poroshenko ready to sacrifice Ukrainian people for presidential ambitions - Pasechnik

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LUGANSK, December 27 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukrainian зresident Petr Poroshenko has long stopped hearing ordinary people and is ready to sacrifice residents of his country to continue the war against Donbass, Lugansk People’s Republic Head Leonid Pasechnik said in an interview to the Lugansk Media Centre.

“Residents of Donbass and Ukraine are tired of the war. We want a peaceful life, both residents of the (Donbass) Republics and our compatriots on the other side of the contact line,” Pasechnik said. “If (Ukrainian President Petr) Poroshenko decides to begin a war, he will set the Ukrainian people against himself once and for all.”

Poroshenko “has long stopped hearing ordinary people and is ready to sacrifice lives for the sake of his presidential ambitions,” he said.

“For our part, we hope to the last that the Minsk Agreements will be implemented. Otherwise, we are ready to not only rebuff Kiev aggression; we also intend to stand up for the democratic rights and freedoms of our compatriots living in the areas temporarily controlled by the Nazis,” the LPR Head said.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than 20 times since the autumn of 2014. 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 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 — 27 December — Lugansk