The establishment of a mechanism to punish those responsible for the violation of ceasefire regime is a necessary measure that will reduce the number of shooting incidents of human settlements. This was stated by the Chairman of the DPR People’s Council, the Permanent Plenipotentiary Representative of the DPR in the Contact group’s negotiations in Minsk Denis Pushilin on February 9 during an interview with journalists.
ʺThere is a need for a mechanism that could be applied to violators. Unfortunately, it has not been developed for today. We have repeatedly taken the initiative to punish the guilty party depending on the violations.
There has been no full understanding on this issue so far. The OSCE mission in this situation only makes statements, which the Ukrainian side tries to interpret in its favor. Alexander Hug’s statement on the rapprochement of the parties can be mentioned as an example. But we take an honest look at it, Ukraine’s occupation of human settlements in “grey areas” is a direct violation of the Minsk agreements,ʺ Denis Pushilin said.
According to him, the problem is that the representatives of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission do not have the right to directly point at the perpetrators of violations.
ʺThe representatives of the OSCE SMM cannot declare expressly who is to blame. This is explained by the Mission’s mandate, which limits the possibility of making more detailed statements.
They are obliged only to document events without calling the guilty party for certain political reasons. However, we continue to believe that the mechanism of punishment for a party that breach the agreement should exist,ʺ the Plenipotentiary Representative said.
We recall that the representatives of the DPR and LPR at the Contact Group’s negotiations in Minsk repeatedly raised the issue of the need for publishing and bringing to personnel of orders to comply with the cease-fire regime by the Ukrainian side and the need of disciplinary measures to have an impact on violators. For its part, the DPR promulgated the relevant orders in the early autumn, but Ukraine did not take the same measures.