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26 April 2018, 18:10

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Ukraine shows unwillingness to come to terms at Minsk talks - LPR representative

LUGANSK, April 26 (Lugansk Media Centre) -  Ukraine shows its absolute unwillingness to come to terms at the Minsk talks, LPR representative in the Contact Group political subgroup Rodion Miroshnik said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre on Thursday.

“The situation in Minsk is polarizing. Ukraine shows, in all ways, its complete unwillingness to reach accords. It’s the key factor,” Miroshnik said.

“Minimal progress has been achieved by the economic and humanitarian subgroups; a prisoner exchange was carried out, the first in 14 months.” “They've been inactive and calm since.”

According to the LPR representative, the situation in the security subgroup is somewhat different.

“Ukraine signed some documents, announced a ceasefire and began to shoot two hours later. A disengagement (of forces and hardware) was agreed upon, but no disengagement has been carried out in the two years that have passed since,” he said. “Ukrainian representative in the Contact Group Leonid Kuchma came to the region and urged disengagement but nothing happened. They just make helpless gestures.”

“There is no external pressure; there are certain guarantors who stay put, nod their heads and express concern. Meanwhile, they give money and support, trying to conduct a sanctions war against Russia, not against Ukraine. Everybody miraculously understands who is to blame for not fulfilling the Minsk Agreements, where they are blocked and who blocks them,” he said.

"Double standards, the complete disregard for international law, conventions, accords and even the rules of negotiations are on hand. Those who make promises at negotiations should deliver, but that’s not for Ukraine,” the LPR official said. 

On 27 December, the Donbass Republics and Ukraine carried out the biggest prisoner exchange in the past 14 months near Mayorsk crossing point on the contact line in the DPR responsibility zone. The LPR passed 16 detainees to Ukraine, and Kiev passed 73 people to the LPR.

In a telephone conversation with LPR and DPR leaders Igor Plotnitskiy and Alexander Zakharchenko on 15 November, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed Ukrainian special representative for humanitarian issues Viktor Medvedchuk’s initiative to carry out the 306 for 74 prisoner swap in the near future. The Donbass Republics heads assured the Russian leader that they were ready for the prisoner exchange.

LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk on September 21, 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 September 22 and 23, respectively. The disengagement was completed in Petrovskoye and Zolotoye areas. Kiev failed to pull back its forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya area more than 70 times.

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.

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 — 26 April — Lugansk