The Chairman of the DPR People's Council, the Permanent Representative of the DPR to the Contact Group in Minsk, Denis Pushilin, called the decision of the Russian Federation to cease operations within the Joint Center for Control and Coordination and leave the zone of armed conflict in the Donbass forced.
"This decision is forced for the Russian party, and it will not bring any positive changes in the process of peaceful settlement of the conflict. Moreover, I only expect the deterioration in communication in such an important area of work as security, including in maintaining truce and containing fire.
In its turn, the representation of the DPR in the JCCC is ready to continue its activities and fulfill its obligations to provide security guarantees, control and coordination of the situation on the contact line within the Minsk agreements," Denis Pushilin said.
Today, on December 18, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spread information that the work of the Russian military in the Joint Center for Monitoring and Coordinating the Ceasefire in the Donbass became impossible due to Kiev's actions, they will leave Ukraine on December 19.
"We have already informed our foreign partners about this forced step, stressing that all responsibility for possible consequences lies entirely with the Ukrainian party," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
DONi News Agency