LUGANSK, February 16 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The session of the Contact Group subgroup on security issues which was held via video conference has ended, said Maria Kovshar, press secretary of the Lugansk People’s Republic delegation in the Contact Group.
“The security subgroup’s session is over,” Kovshar said. “Subgroup coordinator Yasar Halit Cevik noted that it was very unproductive.”
She said that ceasefire remained the key item on the subgroup’s agenda.
“An LPR representative noted an increasing number of gross violations by Ukraine. Kiev’s aggressive provocations are outrageous. Ater the resounding statement by (head of the Ukrainian delegation) Mr (Leonid) Kravchuk on February 8, Ukrainian armed formations shelled a school in the Zolotoye-5 settlement the next day,” the press secretary said.
She added that Ukraine, in order to mount tensions in Donbass, “continues to use various despicable methods which are a direct threat to the life and health of civilian population.”
“For example, it has carried out two acts of sabotage since the beginning of this year, blasting gas pipes in the Lutugino district in January and in Lugansk overnight to February 16, to which the LPR representative drew the subgroup’s attention. The coordinator said that the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission has been monitoring the incident and that information would be reflected in its report,” Kovshar said.
She said that the subgroup failed to attain any results on another important track, “the review of a new version of the measures to strengthen the ceasefire which include a detailed coordination mechanism.”
“As before, Ukraine continues to ignore the discussion of this issue; apparently it is not interested in stopping the bloodshed in Donbass,” the press secretary said.
Throughout the second part of the conference, the Ukrainian delegation “was showing off its concern about gas customers in one of Ukraine-occupied settlements on the contact line in the Donetsk People’ Republic, while stubbornly ignoring the information about the sabotage against our gas pipelines.”
“They were not convincing. The meeting timed out. On this note, Cevik said that the session was unproductive,” she said.
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.