Denis Pushilin’s statement on need of fixing additional measures to control ‘grain truce’

Today, from 00:01, the parties resumed their commitments to comply with a comprehensive, sustainable and indefinite truce.

Earlier in Minsk, the parties to the conflict confirmed their readiness to fulfil these obligations, however, within nine hours the Ukrainian side opened fire at the outskirts of Dokuchayevsk, and around noon a KamAZ truck, delivering water to the position of the DPR Armed Forces, was destroyed by two anti-tank guided missiles.

Yesterday, on the eve of the resumption of commitments to observe the ceasefire, according to one version of the DPR investigative authorities, a Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group blew up a gas distribution station in the Novoazovsky district, leaving 8 settlements on both sides of the contact line without gas, and this is more 5 600 subscribers, including Novoazovsk bakery.

And just a few hours before the ceasefire, the AFU had bombarded Gorlovka, having fired more than 200 ordnances on the settlement.

One gets the impression that the Minsk Agreements are shared and observed unilaterally, that the armistice and additional measures of its control, which are in the first place necessary to protect the civilian population, are deliberately ignored by the Ukrainian side with the tacit consent of the Western curators of the Kiev authorities.

Based on the established practice of introducing previous armistices, in order to achieve the greatest effect from yet another truce, we proposed to translate the traditional statement of the Contact Group from an oral format into a written agreement of the parties, including additional ceasefire control measures insisted on by the OSCE SMM.

We continue to insist that such an approach to the establishment of armistice will oblige the parties to the armed conflict to greater responsibility, and will also become an additional measure of control over compliance with the ceasefire.

In the light of the aggressive and provocative actions of the Ukrainian side, we emphasize that a new round of escalation of the conflict in the Donbass territory will inevitably lead to new destructions and casualties among civilians.

We express the hope that the representatives of the OSCE SMM and the curators of the Ukrainian authorities will take a more proactive stance to prevent the disruption of the ‘grain truce’ and unleash a new round of escalation in the Donbass.

Denis Pushilin, the Chairman of the DPR People’s Council,

the Permanent Representative of the DPR to the negotiations of the Contact Group in Minsk

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