Denis Pushilin: AFU actions in areas of forces and facilities’ disengagement jeopardize implementation of Framework Decision

Infringements by the Ukrainian party of the agreement on withdrawal of forces and facilities in areas of Petrovskoye (DPR) and Zolotoye (LPR) settlements jeopardize the implementation of the Framework Decision on the disengagement of forces and facilities. This was stated on June 8 in the interview to the journalists by Chairman of the People’s Council, Permanent Plenipotentiary Representative of the DPR at the talks of the Contact Group in Minsk Denis Pushilin.

“In the areas of the forces and facilities’ disengagement in Petrovskoye and Zolotoye there are problems that are fixed by the OSCE. This is the return of the AFU to its previous positions, in some areas they have even advanced. This jeopardizes the implementation of the Framework Decision. On this issue, today a subgroup on security in the videoconference format gathered urgently to find possible ways out of the situation,” Denis Pushilin said.

He added that at the meeting the representatives of Kiev had once again demonstrated a destructive attitude.

“Absolutely absurd excuses were sounded by the Ukrainian side, they constantly tried to switch the conversation into completely different issues that are not related to the Framework Decision,” the envoy underlined.

Denis Pushilin expressed the hope that the participants of the Contact Group and the subgroup on security would return to this issue at the next meeting in Minsk on June 13.

We recall that, according to the Framework Decision on the disengagement of forces and facilities, signed by the Contact Group on September 21, 2016, three pilot breeding sites have been identified – Petrovskoye (DPR), Stanitsa Luganskaya and Zolotyoe (LPR). The zone of withdrawal of forces and facilities is established as not less than 2 km in width and 2 km in depth. To start the disengagement, it is necessary to have the OSCE-mandated compliance with the ceasefire regime within seven days for each of the specific disengagement sites.

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