LPR limits OSCE SMM routes until captures officer is released from Ukrainian captivity

Military&Defence 

LPR Mission to the JCCC has limited a number of routes available for the OSCE SMM until the kidnapped LPR officer Andrey Kosyak is liberated from Ukrainian captivity, the head of the LPR Mission Michael Filiponenko said.

"Due to the violation of assumed obligations by the Ukrainian side, capturing of a JCCC monitor on duty, the following measures have been adopted," he said.

"A number of routes of the SMM has been limited," he said.

Filiponenko added that "a condition of suspending any discussions" has been imposed until Kosyak's liberation.
"The release of our observer is a top priority. Until he is free and back in the LPR, we can not and will not discuss any issues with Ukraine. As soon as Ukraine frees our observer we will be ready to get back to the negotiations table to discuss the coordination mechanism and renewal of works along the contact line," he said.

Ukrainian army's saboteurs captured a representative of the LPR Mission to the JCCC Andrey Kosyak in the Zolotoye security zone on October 13. The Ukrainain delegation in the Contact Group claimed that “the LPR officers at the JCCC were reconnoitering abandoned Ukrainian troops positions under the guise of mine clearance.” The LPR demanded that Kiev immediately release Kosyak. LPR Head Leonid Pasechnik said that further dialogue with Kiev within the Minsk format made no sense until it had returned the LPR representative in the JCCC.

The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. Conflict settlement relies on the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, signed on February 12, 2015 in the Belarussian capital by the Contact Group members and coordinated by the Normandy Four heads of states (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution No 2202 of February 17, 2015 and called upon the parties to ensure its implementation.

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.

To facilitate the work of the Contact Group, four working groups were set up under its aegis to deal with issues of security, politics, return of internally displaced people and refuges, as well as with social, humanitarian, economic and rehabilitation issues. *t

Editors' Choice