9 October 2017, 12:55



Ukrainian army and authorities are to blame for disengagement disruptions - LPR

LUGANSK, October 9 (Lugansk Media Center) – The Ukrainian army and authorities are to blame for continuous disruption of disengagement process in Stanitsa Luganskaya area, said LPR People’s Militia command acting chief Colonel Mikhail Filiponenko.

"Today another attempt to disengage forces and hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya area has taken place. The decision to disengage forces today had been adopted at the meeting (of the Contact Group) in Minsk on October 4," he said.

Filiponenko added that the Ukrainian side has verbally supported the decision, still it failed to fire signal flare today, meaning it was not ready to pull back forces and the LPR could not proceed with the withdrawal of its units.

"The Ukrainian armed forces and government are to blame," he emphasized.

LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk on September, 21 initialed a framework agreement on 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 Lugaskaya and Petrovskoe (DPR territory). Heads of LPR and DPR Igor Plotnitskiy and Alexander Zakharchenko signed the agreement on September 22 and 23, respectively.

The disengagement has been carried out in Zolotoye and Petrovskoe. All previous attempts to disengage in Stanitsa Lugansksya area, and there were over 70 of them, were disrupted by the Ukrainian side.

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 adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

LuganskMediaCentre — 09 October — Lugansk