Voices from Russia

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Official Communication of the DNR and LNR Heads of Government to the French and German Leaders

00 Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky. 04.04.15



M le Président Hollande and Frau Bundeskanzlerin Merkel,

You, as guarantors of the Minsk Agreements signed 12 February 2015, have responsibility for each point of the agreements, to promote and insist on the strict implementation of and full compliance with the paragraphs full response to the Minsk Agreement by all parties to the conflict, without exception. For our part, we support a commitment to and a readiness for a full and comprehensive political settlement of the conflict.

To date, repeatedly violating the agreement, the Ukraine sabotages it by not fulfilling its obligations. The Ukrainian leadership continues to violate paragraph 8 full response to the Minsk Agreement and the provisions of the Declaration of the Normandy Quartet Heads of State of 12 February 2015 on the renewal of social benefits to the population of the Donbass. A decision of the District Administrative Court of Kiev on 11 February 2015 declared illegal and cancelled the provisions of Decree 595 (11.07.2014) of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers on the suspension of social benefits to the population of the DNR and LNR. The Court of Appeal of Kiev confirmed and upheld this decision on 2 April 2015. Despite this, this invalid decree of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers is still in force, payments are still in abeyance, and spokesmen for the Ukrainian leadership misinform the world community with false statements about the technical impossibility of resuming social welfare payments.

However, today, the functioning of the settlement system in the DNR is fully restored, the local authorities made lump-sum payments [to beneficiaries]. There are no technical obstacles to the resumption of payments from the Ukrainian Pension Fund and other social funds to the population of the Donbass. However, the Ukrainian leadership ignores this opportunity and continues to blockade the Donbass banking system, blocking access to funds for more than a million pensioners [in the LNR and DNR], leaving them without means of subsistence. This is a direct violation of Article 6 and 116 of the Ukrainian Constitution, paragraphs 8 and 11 of the Minsk protocol dated 5 September 2014, and item 8 full response to the Minsk Agreement of 12 February 2015.

We call on you, the representatives of the guarantor countries, not just to influence and encourage the Ukrainian leadership to implement this set of measures and restore social benefits to Donbass residents, but also to firmly demand that the Ukrainian side should stop ignoring the Minsk Agreements and return to seek a peaceful outcome of the negotiating process.

I V Plotnitsky

Chariman of the LNR Government

A V Zakharchenko

Chairman of the DNR Government

4 April 2015

LITs Lugansk Information Centre


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