In the Donbass, there are additional measures ceasefire
Donbass and Kiev with Monday needs to cease fire and to put in place additional measures to maintain peace. They will act until the full settlement of the conflict in the region.
A package of additional measures was agreed at the meeting of the contact group on Wednesday and signed by the parties to the conflict. It includes a ban on conducting any type of fire, location of heavy weapons, offensive and subversive actions, and also provides for the disciplinary responsibility for violations of the agreements. It is expected that the implementation of these measures will ensure a full ceasefire in the Donbass.
Declared on 21 July last year, an indefinite ceasefire has not brought peace in the Donbass. For the year his actions in the breakaway Lugansk national Republic in the shelling killed three civilians, another 40 have been wounded, damaged, 485 houses. According to the office of the DNI in the Joint center for control and coordination of ceasefire (SCCC), for the year, Ukrainian security forces almost 3.9 thousand times violated the truce indefinite. As a result of attacks in the country killed five civilians, 60 were wounded, damaged 800 houses. About the shelling of their positions regularly and said the law-enforcers.
Kiev offers to negotiate a new truce in the Donbass. Donetsk and Lugansk insisted that for a real cease-fire needed effective measures to support and monitor the ceasefire. Among these, in particular, called the prosecution of those responsible for the violation of the truce. A discussion of these measures in the context of the contact group on the settlement of the conflict lasted for almost five months. In DND accused Kiev of unwillingness to work and their signatures a list of measures to secure truce.
The list of measures taken by parties to the conflict in the Donbass, was published by Donetsk and Lugansk following the meeting of the contact group. It includes a ban on offensive and reconnaissance and sabotage actions, for the use of all types of aircraft of the parties to the conflict, application of fire, including sniper, on the placement of heavy weapons in the settlements and their surroundings.
In addition, there are disciplinary actions for violating the cease-fire with a notification thereof, the contact group coordinator. According to the document, to respond to violations of the ceasefire regime should be established coordination mechanism.
It is also noted that all these measures "may not be completely or partially disavowed any other orders, including the secret".
According to the agreement, the parties must issue orders for a cease-fire containing measures to maintain it. Act they will start from 00:01 (Kyiv time) on July 27, before the full settlement of the conflict in the Donbass.
UN Secretary-General urged parties to the conflict to fully respect the agreement and "focus on the protection of civilians that continue to suffer most from the ongoing fighting".
The Russian foreign Ministry said that rely on implementation by the parties of the conflict agreements. In Kiev noted that "the full and comprehensive cease-fire is the basic prerequisite for a political settlement".
The Minister of defense of Ukraine Andrei Taran said that Kiev has political will for a ceasefire in the Donbass from July 27, and expressed the hope for reciprocity of the other party. The President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky said that the agreements reached by the contact group agreements must be signed by the representatives of the countries-participants of the Normandy format (Ukraine, Russia, France, Germany).
Foreign Minister DND, the representative of the Republic in the contact group Natalia Nikonorova expressed the opinion that such statements Kiev is trying to cancel the agreement on the application of additional measures to ensure a cease-fire. She recalled that the document was signed not only by representatives of Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk, but also "initialed by the mediators - the OSCE and the Russian Federation".
"Key signatures - signatures of the parties to the conflict: the LC and the DNI on the one hand and Ukraine on the other - is already sufficient to implement these commitments by the orders of the military command. However, Ukraine seeks "plausible excuses" to voice a different position to achieving real cease-fire," - said the Plenipotentiary representative LNR in the contact group, foreign Minister of the Republic Vladislav Danego.
Later in the headquarters operations of the United forces of Ukraine said that preparations for the truce, and from July 27 to each of the Ukrainian positions additional control over the ceasefire will be carried out by specially seconded to the Ukrainian military.
Their willingness to implement agreed measures ensure that the ceasefire in the Donbass region said the Donetsk and Lugansk.
The corresponding order on the implementation of additional measures to ensure the ceasefire was issued in the LC.
Russian expert, member of the Council for interethnic relations under the RF President Bogdan Bezpalko believes that agreements on measures to maintain peace in the Donbass should be treated with cautious optimism. He recalled that previously signed agreements including ceasefire "was ignored by the Ukrainian side".
The Ukrainian authorities in April 2014 began a military operation against the breakaway LC and the DNI, which declared independence after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. According to the latest UN victims of the conflict were about 13 thousand people.
The settlement of the situation in the Donbass is discussed, including during meetings in Minsk the contact group, which from September 2014 adopted three documents regulating the steps to de-escalate the conflict. However, after the armistice agreements between the parties to the conflict continue shooting.