13 February 2017, 11:35
Petition to world leaders receives 17,000 Lugansk residents signatures – city administration
Almost 17,000 Lugansk residents signed the petition to world leaders asking them to stop Kiev’s crimes against Donbass people, city administration press service said.
Earlier, LPR People’s Council chairman Vladimir Degtyarenko and his DPR counterpart Denis Pushilin urged the Russian, US and German leaders to make Ukrainian president Petr Poroshenko stop the shelling of the Republics’ territories. On 2 February the Republic began to collect residents’ signatures in support of the petition.
LPR Head Igor Plotnitskiy said Mir Luganschine social movement would facilitate signature collection and ordered LPR district heads to set up mobile signature collection centres.
“As of now, 16,871 Lugansk residents have signed the petition. Unsurprisingly, they actively joined the campaign showing that Lugansk residents want peace in their native land and that our leaders are aware of their responsibility,” city administration head Manolis Pilavov said.
He added that striving for peace brings together people of all ages.
In Lugansk, the petition can be signed at Government Services Centre, Room 103, 14 Kotsyubinskogo Street.
As of 11 February, more than 153,000 LPR residents signed the petition, according to Degtyarenko.
The members of the Contact Group at the meeting in Minsk on December 21st agreed to enforce a comprehensive and durable ceasefire in effect from December 24th. The deal has become the 10th truce agreement since the autumn of 2014. Earlier, Kiev forces regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.
The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on February 12, 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by its 2202 Resolution and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.
The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
LuganskMediaCentre — 13 February — Lugansk