Will the Russian Peacekeepers Officially Enter Donbass on December 28?


Vlad Krymsky for  Stockinfocus.ru & Putnik – Live Journal

It’s becoming more or less clear what the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko was persuaded to do by his Belarusian (last week) and Kazakh (yesterday) colleagues Lukashenko and Nazarbayev. The purpose of these meetings was clearly underestimated by the experts – most of them sounded the alarm that, Minsk and Astana, building bridges with Kiev, are turning away from Moscow.

In fact, Lukashenko and Nazarbayev were doing roughly the same, as the priests Kushakovskij and Aloysius Moroshek in the immortal “Golden calf” – they were “playing” Poroshenko – ‘Kozlevich’. And “played” successfully.

Here is what the meaning of these negotiations was: joint patrols of the “contact zones” on the border between LPR, DPR and Ukraine will begin on December 28 – along with Ukrainian and Novorossian military it will be patrolled by the Russian peacekeepers. Actually, Russia, thereby will put the world before the fact of its presence in the unrecognized republics – and, interestingly, and unexpectedly, the OSCE endorses it.

Only the warlords of punishers from the National Guard of Ukraine are in shock. This is how one of

them, Ruslan Forostyak, commented on the news on his Facebook page:

“Information, that from December 28 Russian troops will officially start patrolling the territory of ‘Lugandon’ [deragatory Ukrinian name for Lugansk Peoples Repubic] – is confirmed. The Agreement was signed by the Ukrainian side (General Major Razmazin), this is confirmed by the OSCE. Now, killing a Russian in Debaltsevo, you will not kill an aggressor in the ATO zone, but a “peacekeeper”. That’s all friends, we lost the battle for the East. We did what we could, we fought to death, brough humanitarian aid and supplies to the front, we couldn’t do any different, having advisers and commnders in the Rada was insufficient. Now the countdown will begin for decades, and we will live these decades – under threat, terrorist attacks, betrayal and bitterness…”.

It is still unknown how many Russian peacekeepers will be involved in peacekeeping operations in Donbass. It is unknown how the United States will react to the news – where, unlike Europe, they are unlikely to endorse the decision of Poroshenko.

Leonid Shvets posted on his Facebook wall:

“Unfortunately, information that from December 28, Russian military will take part in patrolling “entire territory of DPR and LPR”, is confirmed: it is posted on the OSCE website. From the Ukrainian side the agreement was signed by major General Razmazin, from the Russian side – General-Major Vyaznikov. 

The OSCE, of course, is a rotten organization, but the Ukrainian leadership should have some brains, too.

Legitimizing the presence of even 500 soldiers, you will  immediately get all 5000. And no OSCE can control their number, and is not going to. Any slain in battle, the Russian paratrooper immediately will turn into treacherously murdered “peacemaker”. And so on, it is easy to imagine what follows.”

According to OSCE: 

In government-controlled Debaltseve (55km North East of Donetsk) at the JCCC Headquarters (HQ), the SMM met officers of the Ukrainian and the Russian Federation Armed Forces – respectively represented by Major-General Razmaznin and  Major-General Vyaznikov – together with ‘’Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) and “Luhansk People’s Republic” (“LPR”) members. Ukrainian Major-General Razmaznin stated that all the JCCC members would be fully ready to launch joint patrols across all “DPR” and “LPR”-controlled territories by 28 December. He said that the JCCC is now fully equipped to conduct joint patrols, and was only waiting for the finalisation of the current ceasefire agreement.

And more from OSCE:

The SMM continued to monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum and the work of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC).

In government-controlled Debaltseve (55km north east of Donetsk) at the JCCC headquarters (HQ), the SMM met Ukrainian and Russian armed forces officers, together with members of “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) and “Luhansk People’s Republic” (“LPR”). Maj-Gen Razmaznin of the Ukrainian General Staff (GSU), who was present at the JCCC HQ, said that Maj-Gen Vyaznikov of the General Staff of the Russian Federation (GSRF) was in Donetsk in order to prepare for the JCCC working group meetings planned to take place on 24 December in Luhansk and on 26 December in Donetsk. He stated that Ukrainian and Russian JCCC representatives – including the Ukrainian Army deputy chief of staff – were currently meeting in Spartak (20km north of Donetsk) near Donetsk Airport. The interlocutor explained that the aforementioned representatives were currently negotiating an agreement in Spartak on safety conditions for future rotations of Ukrainian armed personnel deployed at Donetsk Airport. 

Maj-Gen Razmaznin also stressed that Russian media had erroneously reported that he had officially stated the entry into force of a full ceasefire by 28 December. He stated that he had never mentioned any ceasefire or provided any specific deadline. He explained that it had thus far not been possible to implement a genuine ceasefire or to start JCCC joint patrolling due to ongoing security incidents and subsequent concerns.

The JCCC HQ representatives handed over to the SMM the joint log listing ceasefire violations of the past 24 hours. The log noted 41 incidents, including 24 instances of artillery shelling and 17 small arms and light weapons (SALW) firing.

In government-controlled Maiorosk (45km north of Donetsk), the Ukrainian Armed Forces commander in charge of the local checkpoint (CP) reported three targeted light mortar shelling incidents, as well as SALW shooting at the local Ukrainian Armed Forces positions throughout 19 and 20 December. The commander added that a rocket-propelled-grenade hit the vicinity of his CP on 22 December. He could not assess the origin of all the aforementioned shelling and shooting. The SMM could not independently verify the reports provided by the commander.

The SMM assessed that the situation was calm at the respective CPs located in government-controlled Kramatorsk (95km north of Donetsk), Kostantynivk (60km north of Donetsk),    Artjomivsk (85km north east of Donetsk) and Maiorsk.

At the JCCC Coordination Group in Donetsk, the SMM met Ukrainian and Russian armed forces officers and a member of “DPR”. As reported at JCCC HQ, the JCCC representatives stated that they were planning a joint working group meeting in Donetsk on 26 December in order to discuss future joint patrolling plans and future rotations of the Ukrainian Armed personnel stationed at Donetsk Airport.

Regarding ceasefire violations, the interlocutors stated that the situation had generally remained calm since 9 December. They noticed sporadic shelling incidents and reported several cases of SALW shooting. Interlocutors reported that two Ukrainian armed personnel had been seriously wounded in a shooting at Donetsk Airport on 20 December before being evacuated – with the joint help of the JCCC – to government-controlled territories.

The SMM met representatives of the Regional Social Protection Department in Vinnytsya (300km north-west of Chernivtsi). The interlocutors said that the flow of incoming internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Vinnytsya region had slowed down over the last days. They stated that 264 new IDPs had registered on 19 December, while 505 new IDPs had settled in the region a week earlier. On 19 December, there were 8806 living IDPs in the Vinnytsya region, out of which 95 percent had already been registered in accordance with government resolutions 509 and 505 (registration and allowances allocation) and the current Ukrainian Law on IDPs. The interlocutors explained that 11158 IDPs had transited the area since March 2014. Approximately 20 percent of IDPs who used to stay in the Vinnytsya region had left the region since then. Vinnytsya City is hosting 34 percent of all IDPs in the region. The interlocutors did not provide information regarding the gender composition of the aforementioned IDPs.

The situation remained calm in LuhanskKharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Kherson, Odesa, Kyiv,Ivano-Frankivsk and Lviv.

Translated by Kristina Rus for FortRus.blogspot.com

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