Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

The results of the group of security issues (August 19)

19 August 2020
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Today, within the framework of the security group results’ discussion, the Contact Group members noted a certain productivity of both the work itself and implementation by parties of additional measures to strengthen and control the current ceasefire regime.
“Of course, it is obvious that the additional measures to strengthen and control the existing ceasefire, signed and implemented by conflict parties, bring positive results. Those few violations that are recorded as violations of certain points of additional measures are worked out within the framework of the coordination mechanism with the assistance of the JCCC of the parties, as well as with the assistance of the OSCE SMM, which monitors, verifies and publishes objective facts of violations by the parties 24x7.
We told about observations on all facts of AFU violations, in particular positional violations within the area of disengagement of forces and hardware in the area of Petrovskoe, which was recorded by the Mission, as well as attempts to fortify under the water conduit in the area of the village of Shumy.
In the near future, we expect that Mission reports contain verifications of the elimination of violations within the disengagement area, as well as the results of monitoring the real situation in the area of Shumy.
We hope that the Ukrainian party will show even more will so that violations of the ceasefire regime and additional measures to strengthen and control it stop completely, and the long-awaited peace is finally established in Donbass” - DPR Plenipotentiary shared the negotiations course.
The participants also discussed issues related to updating documents of the Contact Group on demining action.
“Based on the results of the agreement reached at the meeting of the working group on security issues, we sent a draft of the updated Decision of the Contact Group on demining action, which, in fact, only removes the time limitations of the existing document and the binding to the previously worked out 12 areas. This project accordingly transfers the Decision into a framework status, which will only allow further coordination of new annexes on demining areas to it, by analogy with the Framework Decision on the disengagement of forces and hardware.
Today it is quite possible to sign the project, as well as an annex to it with 20 new sections, subject to the agreement of all coordinates, which will subsequently allow implementing the instructions of the leaders of the Normandy Four in terms of humanitarian demining.
However, at the moment we are awaiting the promised written confirmation from the Ukrainian delegation about the obligation to apply to the Verkhovna Rada with a request to cancel the fourth paragraph of the resolution on the appointment of the next local elections, which does not comply with the Minsk agreements.
Accordingly, as soon as we receive confirmation from the official Kiev about conditions of reaching agreements, for example, on demining or disengagement of forces and hardware, we will sign the indicated projects. We hope for concrete steps on the part of Ukraine, which are especially important today for maintaining positive trends in the established truce” - Natalia Nikonorova said.