The Ukrainian government must responsibly adhere to the agreements with the Donbass republics in the Contact Group, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Alexander Lukashevich said on Thursday.
“I call on Kiev to exercise responsibility when adhering to the agreements reached in the Contact Group with Donetsk and Lugansk. The introduction of unilateral demands points to a desire to make the disengagement of forces political, instead of a desire to achieve swift and real de-escalation,” Lukashevich said at the session of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.
The Russian envoy mentioned the situation in Petrovskoye as an example. “We stress the need to adhere to the procedures stipulated by the timetable approved within the Contact Group. These agreements include nothing about a seven-day ceasefire at this point,” Lukashevich said.
Earlier on Thursday, head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Rrepublic (DPR) mission to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) Ruslan Yakubov informed that the DPR militia is ready to restart the disengagement process in Petrovskoye on November 9, if all envoys to the Contact Group agree to it during a video conference on November 8. Later, the video conference was cancelled.
Head of the Ukrainian General Staff Ruslan Khomchak said during a briefing on Thursday that the Ukrainian side is ready to begin the disengagement of forces in Petrovskoye at 1pm Moscow time on November 8. However, the DPR informed later that the Ukrainian Armed Forces had shelled the area of Petrovskoye with small arms.