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29 January 2018, 18:00

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Security working group discusses ceasefire and Vodafone issues

LUGANSK, January 29 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Members of the Contact Group working group on security issues have discussed the ceasefire maintenance and the restoration of Vodafone (MTS-Ukraine) mobile services in the DPR, said the LPR mission to the JCCC.

"The key issue was, as before, the observation of the ceasefire with a focus on additional measures to stabilize the silence regime, such as inquiry into residential quarters shelling in Dokuchayevsk, shelling of a civilian bus at the Elenovka checkpoint, (both perpetrated by Ukraine) and other consequences registered by the OSCE SMM, and publishing the results of investigations," the report said.

"Representatives of the Republics brought up the issue of Vodafone services restoration, pointing out that the location of the faulty line is in close proximity of Ukrainian positions. Still Kiev finds grounds for political speculations on the issue."

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than a dozen times since autumn 2014. Kiev forces regularly violated the truce opening fire with large caliber artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 12 February 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 — 29 January — Lugansk