5 Oct 2018 15:18

Kuchma's withdrawal from TCG decreases chance of Stanytsia Luhanska disengagement - LPR

LUHANSK. Oct 5 (Interfax) - Leonid Kuchma's withdrawal from the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine (TCG) will decrease the chance that forces and hardware will be withdrawn in the Stanytsia Luhanska area, acting foreign minister of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) Vladislav Deinego said.

LPR spokesman Andrei Marochko told the press earlier that another disengagement attempt in Stanytsia Luhanska had failed.

"Mr. Kuchma proposed several minutes before announcing his resignation as the Ukrainian representative to the Contact Group that forces and hardware be disengaged in Stanytsia Luhanska on [October] 5," the Luhansk Information Center quoted Deinego as saying.

"This was his [Kuchma's] last chance to prove that his involvement in the Contact Group could be effective," he said.

"Unfortunately, the Ukrainian side did not give us cause to believe that Kyiv viewed Mr. Kuchma's proposals as a guideline for action. You and I understand that his withdrawal from the Contact Group makes the chance of implementing the Framework Decision on the Disengagement of Forces and Hardware even slimmer," Deinego said.