LPR proposes new measures to strengthen ceasefire starting Dec 10, 2021

Minsk-2  Military&Defence 

The LPR has proposed a draft statement of the Contact Group on implementation of measures to strengthen the ceasefire, the LPR Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The issues related to the mechanism of implementation of the Additional Measures remain among priorities of the Contact Group talks. In addition, Donbass Republics are focusing on the liberation of the captured JCCC officer Andrey Kosyak.

"In this context, we have proposed to adopt at the upcoming meeting concrete steps to be made by Ukraine, LPR and DPR, to ensure an effective implementation of the Measures to Reinforce Ceasefire and to avert any escalation," the Ministry said.

"We suggest to adopt the above mentioned as a joint statement on the implementation of Measures to Reinforce the Ceasefire dated July 22, 2020 and to enact it on December 10, 2021."

The new document provides for:

- direct interaction of the sides in the JCCC both using agreed technical measures and during personal meetings;

- ensurance of inevitability of investigation into violation incidents and application of disciplinary and other measures of responsibility to perpetrators;

- Ukraine should disavow all public statements of officials that contradict the Measures to Strengthen the ceasefire, including:

        the statement of Ukrainian army commander-in-chief Valeriy Zalushnyi dated September 28, 2021 and the JFO commander Alexander Pavluyk dated October 5, 2021 stating that commanders on the ground can make decisions on opening fire independently of the situation and without coordinating them with higher commanders, and using any available weapons;

        statements on employing UAV in the future.

LPR also suggested to adopt a joint regulation on the operation of checkpoints during the pandemic.

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 document provides for ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line.

Employing combat aviation and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in 30km-wide zone along the line of contact is banned under Article 7 of Minsk Memorandum, with the exception to OSCE SMM UAVs. *t

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