Kiev denies proposal to ban fire against civil works in Donbass


International22: 54 02.10.2018 (updated 22:55 02.10.2018) Short URLThe members of the Contact Group on Ukraine agreed on a new disengagement of forces in Donbass on October 5, which was not appreciated by Kiev, said the representative of Russia in the Group, Boris Gryzlov, after Negotiations in Minsk. A new disengagement of forces in Donbass was agreed on Tuesday by the Contact Group on Ukraine, told reporters on Tuesday to the representative of Russia in the Group, Boris Gryzlov.
"The participants in the contact group meeting agreed on the disengagement of forces near Stanitsa Lugansakaya on 5 October 2018," he said after talks in Minsk.
He recalled that Kiev had rejected the proposal to ban the fire against civil works in Donbass and that the Contact Group had considered a series of additional measures to the agreement on the ceasefire. .
"The application of these measures could improve the situation and rule out possible torpedoes. Unfortunately, Ukraine refused the proposal, supported by the OSCE, Russia and the Republics [populaires autoproclamées, ndlr] of Donetsk and Lugansk, on the banning of fire against civil works as well as subversive and intelligence activities in territories of the parties to the conflict, "continued Boris Gryzlov.
In addition, he pointed out that the provisional nature of the Ukrainian law on a special status of Donbass did not comply with the Minsk Agreement, as this status should be permanent.
"The situation is all the more disturbing as the Ukrainian law on a special status is about to expire. We addressed the issue and the Russian delegation re-emphasized that the provisional nature of the law was not in line with the Minsk agreements, "he said.
The special status of the Donbass must be permanent, said Boris Gryzlov, stating that only a "comprehensive and coherent application of the Minsk agreements could bring about the security and economic recovery of the Donbass".
Last Thursday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on the parliament of Ukraine to extend the law on the status of Donbass so that the non-implementation of the Minsk agreements can not be blamed in Kiev.
In April 2014, the Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation against the insurgents of the self-proclaimed People's Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. According to UN estimates, 2,500 civilians have been killed and more than 9,000 have been injured since the beginning of the conflict.