12 October 2017, 15:35



Ukrainian army fires at its own positions to fail Stanitsa disengagement - LPR

LUGANSK, October 12 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces shell their own positions blaming LPR People’s Militia for the attacks, in order to fail the disengagement of forces and hardware on the contact line in Stanitsa Luganskaya area, LPR People’s Militia spokesman, Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre on Thursday.

“The criminal Kiev government is pointedly refusing to fulfil the commitments untaken in Minsk,” Marochko said.

“LPR People’s Militia units have again been accused of shelling Ukrainian positions from Prince Igor Monument area; as a result, Ukrainian servicemen will not pull out their force and hardware from Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge,” the spokesman said.

“Such statements are not consistent with the facts as OSCE Special Monitoring Mission confirms. According to SMM assessment, those were anti-tank rocket-propelled grenades fired from Ukraine-controlled territory in the disengagement area at direction from east to west, meaning that they hit the territory also controlled by Ukraine,” Marochko said.

“This is obvious provocation by Ukrainian armed forces; they shell their own positions and put the blame on us,” he added.

On 9 October, Ukrainian side failed the disengagement for forces and hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya yet again.

LPR People’s Militia repeatedly said it was ready for disengagement of forces and hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya on the condition that Ukrainian forces withdrew simultaneously.

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 — 12 October — Lugansk