mandag 18. desember 2017

Russian Foreign Ministry announces monitoring officers' withdrawal from Donbass

Russia will cease its work within the Joint Center for Control and Coordinating the Ceasefire (JCCC) in Donbass.

The Foreign Ministry statement says that the work of the Russian military has become impossible and they are to leave Ukraine tomorrow, on December 19. The diplomats noted that they had warned foreign partners about this step.
"The entire responsibility for possible consequences lies entirely with the Ukrainian side," the foreign affairs department emphasized.
The ministry specified that the JCCC had been facing serious difficulties due to the position of the Ukrainian authorities. Kiev, for example, objected to documented regulation of the work of the Center. Attempts to resolve this issue on the Minsk Contact Group's site or in the Normandy Format were unsuccessful.

The Foreign Ministry also lamented the fact that Kiev "deliberately created" an "intense moral and psychological conditions" for the Russian servicemen and obstructed their work. For example, the officers were restricted to access to the contact line and forbidden to communicate with the local population.

Ukraine plans to introduce a new procedure of entry and stay of Russian citizens starting from January 1, 2018. Russians will have to provide the Ukrainian authorities with personal data in advance. This rule does not meets the agreement of the two countries on visa-free travel and is unacceptable for Russian servicemen, the Foreign Ministry said.

The DPR Representation to the JCCC stated that Kiev had promised to ensure safe contact line crossing for officers.

The Ukrainian side and the Donetsk People's Republic reported that they were ready to continue their work in the JCCC. At the same time, Kiev expressed outrage at Moscow's decision.
"We regard this unprecedented step by Russia as another provocation, which significantly undermines the Minsk agreements," the statement of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said.
DONi News Agency