Kiev forces return to disengagement zone in Stanitsa Luganskaya - LPR People's Militia

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Ukrainian military have returned to the positions they occupied before the disengagement of forces and hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya, LPR People's Militia said.

"Service members of the 46th brigade have been spotted at the earlier abandoned positions within the disengagement zone No.1 in direct violation of the Art.8 of the Framework Agreement banning the presence of military personnel in the disengagement zone," the People’s Militia press service said

The information has been confirmed by the OSCE SMM report.

"On 10 December, outside the disengagement area near Stanitsa Luganskaya about 60m north of the area’s northern edge, an SMM mini-UAV spotted an armoured personnel carrier (BTR-3E). Inside the disengagement area, about 30m south of its northern edge, the UAV also spotted a person in camouflage clothing in a trench," the report reads.

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 was completed in Zolotoye and Petrovskoye in 2016; later on Kiev deployed manpower and hardware in these two areas in violation of the agreements.  In Stanitsa Luganskaya, the disengagement was only completed in late June 2019 as Ukraine had sabotaged the process.

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.

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