13 February 2017, 13:31
700 Italians sign Donbass petition to world leaders – LPR trade unions
More than 700 Italians signed the petition to world leaders asking them to stop Kiev’s crimes against Donbass people, the LPR Trade Union Federation (FP) 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.
“On 3 February, Italian activists launched signature collection campaign in the historical area of Rome next to the famed Coliseum, the venue of an action in support of Donbass. The campaign then continued in other parts of the country,” LPR FP said.
“The Republic’s Trade Union Federation has developed friendly relations with Italian colleagues. Our friends are holding actions, conferences, exhibitions and other events to support Donbass. At deputies’ insistence, the Italian parliament will consider the Donbass situation in the near future as well as the government’s report on the moves it took to stop the war. This issue is rising to official level in Italy,” LPR FP head Oleg Akimov said.
As of 11 February, more than 153,000 LPR residents signed the petition, according to LPR parliament speaker Vladimir 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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