29 August 2017, 13:30



Stanitsa disengagement won't take place, Kiev fails to communicate readiness - Deinego

LUGANSK, August 29 (Lugansk Media Center) – Ukrainian side has not notified OSCE Special Monitoring Mission about its readiness to disengage forces and hardware on the contact line in Stanitsa Luganskaya area, so the disengagement planned for 29 August will not take place, LPR envoy to Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego told Lugansk 24 Television.

“It is known already that (disengagement of forces and hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya area) will not take place,” Deinego said. “Ukraine has not sent any notifications about its readiness to meet their commitments which I heard from (Ukrainian representatives at the security subgroup Yevgeniy) Marchuk in Minsk on 23 (August).”

“We heard from him for the first time that seven days (of observing the ceasefire in the disengagement area - eds Lugansk Media Centre) will be counted based on OSCE SMM reports,” he said.

“The latest violation in the disengagement area in Stanitsa Luganskaya was recorded in the OSCE SMM report on 22 (August), it has remained the last violation committed by Ukraine,” Deinego said.

“OSCE forward patrol base in Stanitsa Luganskaya currently operates 24 hours a day; observers are on round-the-clock duty there, no changes have been reported and no new information has come from the surveillance cameras,” the envoy said.

LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk on 21 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 disengagement areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Luganskaya and Petrovskoye (DPR territory). Heads of LPR and DPR Igor Plotnitskiy and Alexander Zakharchenko signed the agreement on 22 and 23 September, respectively. The disengagement was completed in Petrovskoye and Zolotoye areas. Kiev failed to pull back its forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya area for more than 70 times.

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 August — Lugansk