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Denis Pushilin questions effectiveness of JCCC without Russian military

The decision to terminate the activities of the Russian military in the Joint Control and Coordination Centre (JCCC) is caused by unacceptable working conditions created by the Ukrainian party, the Chairman of the People’s Council, the Permanent Representative of the DPR to the Contact group in Minsk, Denis Pushilin, stated in Vesti programme on the TV channel Russia-24.

“The withdrawal of the Russian military from the JCCC is definitely a problem. As we understand, this is a forced measure on the part of the Russian Federation. The conditions created by Ukraine did not meet the obligations assumed by the Russian Federation. I have unfavourable forecasts about how this will affect the situation.

The activities of the Joint Centre for Monitoring and Coordination, even in a truncated format, after the DPR and the LPR were pushed out of there, brought some results. There was an opportunity to respond quickly to shelling, to combats. From time to time the JCCC very seriously helped the OSCE SMM. Now it is not clear how the work in the JCCC will be arranged without Russia,” Denis Pushilin said.

Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the LPR Vladislav Deynego noted the intensification of shelling by the AFU immediately after the departure of the Russian military from the JCCC.

“Today, the towns of Pervomaisk and Stakhanov were bombardment, there are devastations, injuries, infrastructure, gas pipelines, electricity, water supply disrupted. The situation worsened. As far as I know, the representatives of Ukraine did not come to the JCCC for a shift. Observers of the DPR and the LPR are still working. They fix the shelling. Now, to stop the provocations, the OSCE mission helped to some extent. I do not know yet if it will last long. Provocations continue, and provocations are quite tough. The artillery is of 152-mm, this is very serious,” the head of the LPR Foreign Ministry said.

Answering the question about the deployment of the UN armed mission, Denis Pushilin said that the position of the Donbass on this issue had not changed.

“The UN contingent will be appropriate for the protection of the OSCE SMM after the armed forces are disengaged, as envisaged by the framework decision. This process has been hampered in Stanitsa Luganskaya for a very long time, the nest pilot sites should have already been involved (in the disengagement process – ed.). In terms of the time frame, we would have to disengage forces along the entire line of contact. This never happens. The option offered by Ukraine and the US – for us it is not entirely appropriate. They impose other functional duties on the UN contingent, for us, of course, this is unacceptable,” the DPR envoy stressed.

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