Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Statement of Natalia Nikonorova on situation with the AFU illegal structures elimination in the area of Shumy

07 September 2020
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After all possible actions were taken on our part to inform and warn Kiev about our readiness to apply an extreme measure of response to violations by the Ukrainian party of additional measures, Ukraine’s representatives finally paid attention to our demands.
Firstly, representatives of the DPR People's Militia note a certain activity of Ukrainian armed formations in the area of fortifications near the village of Shumy. We do not know exactly what the Ukrainian side is going to undertake and whether this activity is aimed at dismantling the structures or, conversely, at strengthening them. Monitoring of this area continues, the situation is under the control of the Donetsk People's Republic Head.
Secondly, we received a letter from Mr. Kravchuk. It was dated of September 2, although we received it only on September 5. Given the importance of the issue raised in this letter, such delays in sending correspondence are unacceptable, as they can lead to an increase in escalation in the security sector.
Taking into account these facts, as well as maintaining a commitment to compliance with the agreements reached within the Contact Group, the leadership of the Donetsk People's Republic decided to postpone the start of the operation to eliminate Ukrainian fortifications in the area of Shumy at 10:00 on September 9, 2020. Representatives of Ukraine can still independently remove the illegally constructed positions by 22:00 on September 8, 2020, and send a report on the fact of their dismantling.
We recommend that the Ukrainian leadership focus specifically on this activity to eliminate violations, and not on the next fake statements in the media that allegedly there were no violations on the Ukrainian side. The Donetsk People's Republic is responsible and conscientious about its obligations under the agreements reached at the Minsk platform, but we do not intend to ignore the open sabotage of these agreements by the Ukrainian authorities.