Donetsk, Jan 30 - DAN. Donetsk is ready to follow up on the Contact Group framework agreement on disengagement of forces and hardware in Donbass, however this depends on Kiev’s actions in Stanitsa Luganskaya, head of DPR Mission to the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination Ruslan Yakubov told Donetsk News Agency on Tuesday.
“It makes no sense to approve new disengagement areas until Kiev meets its disenagemeent commitments in pilot ones such as Stanitsa Luganskaya,” Yakubov said.
He said DPR was ready for “further implementation of the Minsk Agremeents on disengagement.”
The Contact Group Participants signed the framework agreement on disengagement of forces in late September 2016.
The document set three disengagement areas: Petrovskoye in DPR and Stanitsa Luganskaya and Zolotoye in LPR. Each withdrawal area measures at least 2 kilometres wide and 2 kilometres deep. The disengagement was only completed in Petrovskoye and Zolotoye areas. Kiev repeatedly failed to pull back its forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya.
The understanding on Stanitsa disengagement was last reached at the meeting in Minsk on 24 May 2017. DPR later said it doubted that Ukraine would meet its Stanitsa Luganskaya committments.
Earlier, Yakubov reported a worsening situation in vicinity of demilitarised Petrovskoye outside Donetsk. *jk