Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Results of the sitting of the group on security issues (January 17)

17 January 2019
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In the framework of the group on security issues the Contact Group discussed a blatant act of military aggression by the Armed Forces of Ukraine in relation to employees of the “Water of Donbass” company, who got injuries of varying severity during the snow removal work in the area of ​​the Vasilyevskaya pumping station of South Donbass Plumbing.
“The particular cynicism of the Ukrainian party is in the fact that the armed formations of Ukraine fired company’s official car well known to them, despite the existing agreements of additional security guarantees on a permanent basis in connection with an entourage of shift workers to Donetsk Filter Station by the JCCC” - Natalia Nikonorova emphasized.
Due to the regular violations of additional security guarantees provided by the JCCC to the parties for carrying out various measures, including repair work, the DPR urged to intensify the coordination of additional measures to strengthen and control the armistice.
“We insist on the speedy approval of a package for additional measures to strengthen and control the armistice, as well as a paragraph that would detail the provision of written additional security guarantees in the areas around civilian infrastructure” - DPR Plenipotentiary informed.
We would like to note that the first variant of additional measures was proposed at a meeting of political advisers No.4 by Mr. Hug as such control measures, even before the introduction of the “school” truce in 2017. It included several practical mechanisms, including the development of disciplinary measures against violators and measures to respond to violations. Republics fully supported this variant.
“Despite the reluctance of the Ukrainian party to coordinate and sign the package of measures, Republics will insist on their early adoption. This is a matter of principle and an important mechanism for effectiveness of the cease-fire regime” - Nikonorova stated.
Another focus in the discussion of security issues was the fact that the OSCE SMM discovered explosives on the north side of Myronivsky reservoir gateway and not far from the checkpoint of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, located near the village of Rota. Thus, the OSCE SMM representatives revealed a sabotage preparation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine against the civilian population of the Lugansk People's Republic.