30 March 2021, 16:12


Ukraine trying to squeeze Donbass out of Minsk talks - Kobtseva

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LUGANSK, March 30 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukrainian representatives at the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup video conference on Tuesday suggested holding such meetings without Donbass Republics representatives in the future, thus trying to squeeze Donbass out of the negotiations, Lugansk People’s Republic representative in the humanitarian subgroup, head of the LPR working group on prisoner exchange Olga Kobtseva said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“Today, Mrs (Ukrainian representative in the humanitarian subgroup Galina) Tretyakova repeatedly stated that the Republics’ representatives were invitees, though the coordinator (subgroup coordinator for the OSCE Toni Frisch) reiterated that all the people present at the table were equal participants in the negotiating process, and that it’s not government or public bodies that are represented here but the negotiators, each within the scope of his mandate,” she said.

During the video conference, Ukrainian representatives tried to accuse the Donbass Republics of inability to conduct dialogue and resolve the outstanding humanitarian problems and offered to “hold sessions of the humanitarian subgroup that comprises Ukraine, the OSCE and Russia,” Kobtseva said.

“Ukraine deliberately obstructs accords in the information space; using such venues as the recent 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council it delivers deliberately false information on Donbass. They haven’t heard so far or don’t want to hear the voice of Donbass, but this issue belongs to a higher international level,” the LPR representative 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.

LuganskMediaCentre — 30 March — Lugansk