Russian presidential aide calls Donbass disengagement good news
LUGANSK, October 29 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov expressed satisfaction in connection with the resumption of disengagement of forces and hardware in Donbass.
“It’s good news. The parties signalled readiness for disengagement in Zolotoye area,” Surkov told TASS. “We have to thank the LPR leadership for their persistence and patience. Let’s hope that disengagement will take place this time and that Ukraine won’t violate it.”
Disengagement of forces and hardware in the Zolotoye area began at 13:00 on Tuesday. The parties fired white flares to confirm the readiness to begin the process; then they fired green flares to show the beginning of disengagement.
“If things go as planned is Zolotoye, it necessary to immediately implement similar procedures in Petrovskoye. To keep the tempo, preparations for the “Normandy Four” summit have to be launched,” the presidential aide said.
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 Petrovskoye (DPR territory). The disengagement has been completed in all three areas by now; however, Kiev forces deploy manpower and hardware in Zolotoye and Petrovskoye areas in violation of the agreements.
On October, 9, 10 and 11 Kiev failed three attempts to disengage forces and hardware on the contact line in the Zolotoye area. Ukrainian nationalistic formations set on resisting the disengagement arrived in the town. Later on, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky ordered Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov to clear Zolotoye of nationalists.
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 — 29 October — Lugansk