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15 December 2020, 20:32

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Security subgroup makes no progress in new version of “Additional Measures” - LPR FM

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LUGANSK, December 15 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Contact Group subgroup on security issues, due to Kiev’s position, has been unable to make progress in preparing a new version of the Additional Measures to Strengthen the Ceasefire, the Lugansk People’s Republic Foreign Ministry reported.

“The subgroup on security issues has ended its session. Discussion was mostly focused on the new version of the Measures to Strengthen the Ceasefire which Ukraine had derailed by refusing to carry out joint inspections as part of the coordination mechanism. No progress has been made,” the report said.

Ukraine “now joined the discussion of certain provisions of the document proposed by the Republics trying to talk round the topic, now avoided the discussion insisting that it had not read the document although the OSCE circulated it back on October 19, 2020... This went on for nearly four hours...,” the Ministry said.

The Contact Group agreed the tighter ceasefire control measures in Donbass starting at 00:01, July 27 at the July 22 videoconference. The measures ban special operations, use of unmanned aerial vehicles, deployment of heavy armaments in and around residential areas Return fire is allowed in case of offensive, if the order is given by the leadership of the Ukrainian army or DPR and LPR People’s Militias after the unsuccessful attempt to use the coordination mechanism. The Contact Group shall be notified about such orders. Lugansk People’s Republic representative at the Minsk talks, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Lugansk People’s Republic Vladislav Deinego said that Ukraine had avoided the work to specify the coordination mechanism for ceasefire control.

The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. Conflict settlement relies on the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, signed on February 12, 2015 in the Belarussian capital by the Contact Group members and coordinated by the Normandy Four heads of states (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution No 2202 of February 17, 2015 and called upon the parties to ensure its implementation.

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.

To facilitate the work of the Contact Group, four working groups were set up under its aegis to deal with issues of security, politics, return of internally displaced people and refuges, as well as with social, humanitarian, economic and rehabilitation issues.

LuganskMediaCentre — 15 December — Lugansk