Throughout the past week, Ukrainian armed formations carried out large-scale provocations using weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements.
The JCCC employees and the repair brigade of the Donetsk Railway twice were under fire of the AFU during the restoration work on the railway tracks from the Donetsk-Severny station to the Yasinovataya station. In addition to these cases, the Republic’s territory, residential buildings and civilian infrastructure is subjected to daily shelling by the AFU with the use of mortars, anti-tank grenade launchers, large-caliber machine guns and small arms.
The rapid increase in the provocations fire number jeopardizes the efforts to restore peace undertaken by Republic’s representatives of the Republic in Minsk, and indicates a deliberate conflict escalation through a fault of Ukrainian side.
The current situation demonstrates the need to agree as soon as possible within the Contact Group a new package of additional measures to strengthen and control the ceasefire regime. At the same time, the representatives of Ukraine need to finally realize that one of the most important measures is the effective functioning of the coordination mechanism with the participation of the JCCC as the only way to control the implementation of these measures. The Ukrainian side refused to use this mechanism, which was the reason for the disruption of the implementation of additional measures agreed on July 22 and which served as an effective ceasefire resumption.
Practice has clearly shown the effectiveness of these measures in conditions when both parties to the conflict - Kiev and Donbass - fulfill each item from the agreed list. However, practice, unfortunately, has also demonstrated how easy it is to break a fragile ceasefire by refusing to implement one of the key measures in Kiev. Therefore, we call on the Ukrainian negotiators to stop sabotaging the work on the new version of the additional measures and to make every effort for the most expeditious agreement on it and its further conscientious implementation.