LUGANSK, October 31 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The disengagement of forces and hardware in the Zolotoye area is running as planned, head of the Lugansk People’s Republic Office at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination Mikhail Filiponenko said.
“We’ve just met with (Deputy Chief of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission Mark) Etherington. He said that at the present stage, Ukraine was fulfilling the disengagement obligations to full extent,” Filiponenko said. “Thus, the disengagement is proceeding as planned. We discussed further moves, such as completion of the disengagement, notification of the OSCE (about completion of the process) and the beginning of fortifications dismantling.”
The LPR Office at the JCCC set up observation points in Zolotoye. “After we complete the disengagement of forces and hardware, only JCCC representatives can remain in the security zone, so modules will be set up for the JCCC officers where they will perform their duties,” he said.
On October 29, the LPR and Ukraine simultaneously resumed the disengagement of forces and hardware in area No 2 (Zolotoye).
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 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. On top of that, Ukrainian nationalistic formations arrived in the town to resist the disengagement.
The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on 12 February 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by its 2202 Resolution 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.