DPR, LPR to call for more ceasefire control measures at Minsk talks as Ukrainian strikes increase

February 12, 2019 14:35

Donetsk, Feb 12 – DAN. The Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics at the security subgroup meeting in Minsk on February 13 will raise the issue of mounting Ukrainian aggression and seek additional ceasefire control measures, the DPR Office at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination said on Tuesday.

“Effective ceasefire observation was put on the security subgroup meeting’s agenda; the parties will consider additional ceasefire control measures, demining and problems concerning the disengagement of forces and hardware in the agreed zones,” the JCCC said in a report.

The DPR and the LPR will draw the participants’ attention to an increase in strikes by Ukrainian armed formations as well as their use of heavy armaments.

“Special attention will be paid to Ukrainian forces’ purposeful aimed fire at the Republics’ forward positions and the use of unmanned aerial vehicles,” it said.

The Donbass Republics intend to discuss the measures to protect civilians and the humanitarian demining of education institutions in frontline settlements.

“The Republics’ representatives will insist on the soonest coordination and introduction of the additional ceasefire control measures which will act as a stimulus and tool to maintain peace in Donbass,” the JCCC said.

The Belarussian capital will host the next round of Donbass peace talks on Wednesday, February 13. The Contact Group will sum up the results of its security, political, humanitarian and economic subgroups’ negotiations.

Earlier reports said that Ukrainian armed formations in the runup to the new round of Minsk talks had stepped up the shelling of the DPR and also delivered 120mm mortar strikes.*jk