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6 November 2019, 14:38

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Ukrainian nationalists hide arms caches in Zolotoye demilitarized area

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LUGANSK, November 6 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Ukrainian  nationalists disguised as volunteers infiltrate Zolotoye disengagement zone to place arms into caches there, said LPR People's Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko.Г

"Positions left by Ukraine units in Zolotoye area are being visited by people in civilian outfits. Nationalists remaining in Zolotoye are installing caches with arms at the former positions of the 72nd brigade disguised as volunteers," he said.

Filiponenko said that SMM's report does mention people in non-military clothes visiting the abandoned positions.

"We call on the international observers to interfere and influence Ukrainian authorities to preserve the achieved truce."

LPR completed the process of disengagement in Zolotoye area on November 1.

LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk in September 2016 initialed 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 Petrovskoye (DPR territory). The disengagement has been completed in all three areas by now; however, Kiev forces deploy manpower and hardware in Zolotoye and Petrovskoye areas in violation of the agreements.

On October, 9, 10 and 11 Kiev failed three attempts to disengage forces and hardware on the contact line in the Zolotoye area. Ukrainian nationalistic formations set on resisting the disengagement arrived in the town. Later on, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky ordered Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov to clear Zolotoye of nationalists.

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 — 06 November — Lugansk