Ukraine fails 80th attempt to disengage forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya zone (PHOTOS)
LUGANSK, June 10 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukraine has failed the 80th attempt to disengage forces and hardware in the Stanitsa Luganskaya area, said LPR Foreign Minister representing the Republic at Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego.
"The Ukrainian side has again derailed the implementation of the first stage of the disengagement of forces and hardware provided for by the Framework Decision of the Minck Contact Group dated September 21, 2016," he said.
Deinego said that the LPR notified about its readiness to embark on the disengagement in the zone No.1 Stanitsa Luganskaya 80 times, after dates were harmonized at the Minsk talks.
Nevertheless, Ukrainian side "cites alleged shelling, that are not confirmed by SMM reports, or intentionally open fire, as they did on June 7 at 10.50 p.m. - two rounds of a GP-25 under-barrel grenade launcher were fired in the direction of the checkpoint".
"It is evident for us, that such provocations are used with the aim of blocking the Framework Decision. Understanding it and having the OSCE support, the LPR does not consider provocative attacks an obstacle on the way of the disengagement. The right of each side to estimate the appropriateness of the withdrawal on its on is stipulated by the Framework Decision," Deinego said.
"However, the disengagement has not transpired this time. The Ukrainian side has not sent a confirmation of its readiness to the OSCE SMM, as on 79 previous occasions. It has not reacted to our white signal flare. It keeps sabotaging the implementation of the Framework Decision. Judging by statements of "those responsible" Ukraine does not intend to change anything."
LPR and Ukrainian representatives in the Contact Group have confirmed plans to disengage forces on June 5. On June 9, the LPR sent its confirmation of readiness to the OSCE SMM.
Deputy chief monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Mark Etherington visited the positions outside Stanitsa Luganskaya and saw that the Republic is ready for the withdrawal.
LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk on September 21, 2016 initialed a framework agreement on partial pullback of forces in Donbass, that was also signed by representatives of Ukraine, Russia and OSCE. The disengagement was completed in Petrovskoye and Zolotoye areas, while Kiev failed to perform it in the Stanitsa Luganskaya zone.
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 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 — 10 June — Lugansk