Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

The results of the group on security issues (May 27)

27 May 2020
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Today, at a meeting of the Contact Group with regard to security issues, Republics insisted on the urgent need to solve the first task that the working group could not fulfill yesterday - the approval of a package of additional measures to strengthen and control the unlimited ceasefire.
“We reminded the Ukrainian side the reason of an introduction of a full combat readiness regime. This decision was made because on March 14, 2020, when the first civilian casualty this year was recorded on our territory, the Ukrainian armed forces fired more than 10 thousand ammunition for residential neighborhoods and civilian infrastructure. The result of these barbaric shelling was four dead and 22 wounded civilians, including five minors.
There have been no such tragic mass consequences for a long time. That is why our units were put on full alert in order to be able to adequately respond to the AFU aggression.
Our main goal is an effective, complete and comprehensive ceasefire. We would like to stop coordinating some additional windows of silence, we would like to completely ceasefire so that our people can relief and start living without fear for their life and health.
The only peaceful and effective way to achieve this at the moment is the speedy approval and signing of the much-needed package of additional measures for ceasefire control” - Natalia Nikonorova said about the course of the Contact Group meeting.
In this regard, the DPR Plenipotentiary proposed to focus the work of the Contact Group on the line-by-line coordination of each measure, taking into account the measures already agreed upon. At the same time, nothing is crossed out: it is necessary to follow the path of reinforcement, for example, add to the existing list those measures dictated by practice, in particular, establish a communication channel for direct interaction by authorized persons.
“However, the Ukrainian side, to everyone’s bewilderment, managed to find the most incredible excuses even today, so as not to approve and sign the list of measures” - Natalia Nikonorova summed up.