DPR Mission to JCCC reports unstable situation in Petrovskoye disengagement zone

Donetsk, Jul 1 – DAN. The security situation along the contact line in the vicinity of Petrovskoye (Starobeshevo district), remains unstable, as Ukrainian army continues building up positions in the area in violation of the disengagement agreement, said DPR representative at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) Ruslan Yakubov.

“The situation in the disengagement zone No.3 is still unstable. According to the OSCE SMM reports its monitors record Ukrainian advance into the zone as well as the presence of fortifications, new trenches, military equipment within the disengagement area.”

In the first summer month, Ukrainian forces violated the disengagement conditions thrice, the latest incident occurred on June 20. Since March 2018, 26 violations have been recorded in the zone.

“These provocations are a blunt violation of the Article 7 of the Framework Agreement which bans any advance in the zone. No violations have been recorded on the DPR side, as all DPR forces remain withdrawn outside the disengagement zone.”

Yakubov has welcomed the efforts to disengage forces and hardware in the zone No. 1 Stanitsa Luganskaya.

He said the parity should be restored in Petrovskoye-Bogdanovka zone.

LPR and DPR representatives initialed a Framework Agreement on pullback of forces in Donbass on September 21-23, 2016, which was also signed by representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE.

The document provides for three disengagement areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Luganskaya (LPR territory) and Petrovskoe (DPR territory). Security zones of at least zone two km wide and two km long are to be established in each sector. Disengagement was completed in Petrovskoye and Zolotoye in 2016.

Dozens of attempts to disengage in Stanitsa Lugansksya were disrupted by the Ukrainian side, before it finally transpired this month.

The Framework Agreement is key to further bilateral withdrawal of forces from the contact line which could significantly change the nature of peaceful settlement in the region. *ot


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