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25 July 2019, 15:59

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Minsk-2

Ukrainian army organises new positions in Stanitsa disengagement area - LPR militia

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LUGANSK, July 25 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces organised new positions in the zone of disengagement of forces and hardware near Stanitsa Luganskaya, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia spokesman Yakov Osadchiy said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

Taking advantage of the ceasefire accords, Ukrainian army units continue to further organise the existing positions, build new ones and deploy mine barriers in the territory under their control, Osadchiy said.

“Our intelligence detected three new positions of 25th Airborne Brigade 5th Company 3rd Battalion in the Stanitsa Luganskaya disengagement zone,” the spokesman said.

“Also, two engineer groups accompanied by an Armoured Reconnaissance Car (BRDM-2) were sighted in the same area. The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission confirmed these facts in its reports,” he added.

In September 2016, representatives of Ukraine, the LPR, the DPR, Russia the OSCE initialled a framework agreement on partial pullback of forces in Donbass. The document provides for three disengagement areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Luganskaya and Petrovskoe (DPR territory). The disengagement has been completed in all the three areas by now; in Stanitsa Luganskaya, Kiev failed to pull back its forces more than 80 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 Resolution 2202 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 — 25 July — Lugansk