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24 October 2019, 16:10

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Ukrainian forces install camera in Zolotoye to monitor OSCE SMM patrols - LPR militia

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LUGANSK, October 24 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces installed a camera in the Zolotoye settlement to monitor the movements of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission patrols and prevent the detection of the hardware deployed in violation of the Minsk Agreements, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko said.

“To be able to timely respond to and prevent the detection of Ukrainian army hardware deployed in violation of the Minsk Agreements, Ukrainian criminals’ units continue to monitor OSCE SMM patrols,” Filiponenko said.

“To this end, Ukrainian army 72nd Brigade servicemen installed a video camera in the Zolotoye settlement.”

Kiev forces continue to use unmanned aerial vehicles to track SMM patrols’ movements, he added.

Earlier, Filiponenko said that Kiev forces were completing engineer works at positions in the Zolotoye disengagement area and that they had fired an anti-aircraft gun at a OSCE SMM drone.

On October, 9, 10 and 11 Kiev failed three attempts to disengage forces and hardware on the contact line in the Zolotoye area.

LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk in 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 security areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Luganskaya and Petrovskoe (DPR territory). The disengagement has been completed in all three areas by now.

The Contact Group participants at the meeting in Minsk on October 1 agreed the resumption of the disengagement process in Zolotoye and Petrovskoye. Contact Group coordinator for OSCE Martin Sajdik said that the parties had named October 7, 2019 as the date for resumption the disengagement of forces and hardware at the Zolotoye and Petrovskoye areas.

However, on October 7, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadim Pristaiko said that the Ukrainian army would not begin disengagement until seven days had passed since the last recorded ceasefire violation. In response, LPR Foreign Minister Vladislav Deinego said that “no seven days mentioned by Mr Pristaiko are envisioned this time, and that regardless of the provocations, the disengagement must take place.”

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 — 24 October — Lugansk