19 Oct 2017 13:01

Kyiv accuses Donbas reps of sabotaging security issues at contact group meetings

KYIV. Oct 19 (Interfax) - Security matters remain the key issue for Ukraine in the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine, but representatives of the self-proclaimed Donbas republics sabotage the solution of these issues, said Darka Olifer, spokeswoman for Leonid Kuchma, the former president of Ukraine and Kyiv's representative in the trilateral group.

"Specifically, despite the agreements, ceasefire breaches occur systematically in the Stanytsia Luhanska area. Attacks occurred on October 9, 10, 12, and 15, 2017," Olifer wrote on her Facebook page after the meeting of the contact group in Minsk, adding that "the Donetsk and Luhansk regions continue sabotaging" security issues.

She also accused the Donetsk and Luhansk people's republic of deliberately disabling the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission's surveillance cameras, set up to record ceasefire breaches. Specifically, a laser device had been used to disable a camera installed on Prince Ihor Mount in the Stanytsia Luhanska area, she said.

"Damaging and destruction of OSCE SMM property, starting from drones, indicates the deliberate practice of methods of destroying the monitoring equipment possessed by the mission," Olifer said.