Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Natalia Nikonorova commented an initiative of the Ukrainian party to hold an emergency meeting of the group on security issues

07 August 2019
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The Ukrainian party is trying to destabilize the situation on the contact line through the provocations aimed at disrupting agreements on a comprehensive and unlimited ceasefire.

After the meeting in Minsk on July 31 and the marked progress from the introduction of the ceasefire, the AFU carried out provocative shelling of the Republic’s territory. So, during the week 4 servicemen of the DPR People’s Militia (PM) were injured of varying severity, the school building in Gorlovka and the civilians’ houses were damaged.

On August 6, the Ukrainian party made an attempt to divert public attention from its war crimes by accusing the DPR PM personnel of allegedly shelling the positions of the AFU in the area of ​​the village of Pavlopol, which caused the death of 4 servicemen.

After loud and even threatening statements in the media, the Ukrainian party initiated an emergency meeting of the working group on security issues via video conference. We do not understand such an emergency.

It is well known that this week the OSCE SMM deputy head Mark Etherington is in the Donetsk People’s Republic with an official visit, he was informed of our position. The Mission was also provided with relevant facts and materials testifying to the non-involvement of the DPR PM to the shelling and the death of AFU military personnel.

The results of the DPR Representation in the JCCC and in the negotiation process of the proceedings indicate the impossibility of shelling from the positions of the DPR PM due to the discrepancy between the remoteness of our positions from the scene and the tactical and technical characteristics of the weapons indicated by the Ukrainian party.

It should be noted that the information has not yet been made public on the results of the Ukrainian party’s proceedings on such facts of violations by the AFU as: the use of combat UAVs on August 1 in the area of ​​the settlement of October, as a result of which 3 servicemen of the DPR PM were wounded; shelling of Gorlovka on August 5, which caused damage to the school and civilians’ houses; shelling of the village of Verkhnetoretskoe on August 6, as a result of which a soldier of the DNR PM was wounded.

We hope that in the near future the Ukrainian party will fulfill its obligations according to the adopted package of additional measures, providing for the need to conduct proceedings and bring to justice violators, as reported by the OSCE SMM.