On October 13, an officer of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of Ceasefire and Stabilization of the Situation in South-East Ukraine
(JCCC) Andriy Kosyak was abducted on the line of contact between the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) and the people's militia of the Lugansk People's
Republic in the village of Zolote.
The JCCC is a structure created for a complete ceasefire in Donbass and stabilization of the line of contact between the parties. It is designed to
assist in the implementation of the Minsk Agreements: a plan for the peaceful settlement of the conflict, adopted on September 5, 2014 by a contact
group that included representatives from Russia, Ukraine and the OSCE.
The area of responsibility of the JCCC includes:
monitoring to stop the use of all types of weapons;
exchange of prisoners of war;
the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line of the parties;
assistance to local governments, enterprises and organizations, as well as civilians;
ensuring security during work on the restoration of the infrastructure of the region.
According to the position of the Center, its work should be carried out until the implementation of the main provisions of the Minsk agreements or
until the end of the OSCE mission in the conflict zone.
According to the Head of the Lugansk People's Republic Leonid Pasechnik, the observer of the LPR Representation in the JCCC, kidnapped by Ukrainian
saboteurs, is being tortured and abused. Later, the Ukrainian side published a photo of the bullying of the LPR officer.
The photo shows that the kidnapped Andrei Kosyak is squatting in an earthen hole, blindfolded and his head rewound with tape. At the same time, blood
flows down the man's face. In addition, the officer's military ID has been published, from which it is clear that he is a native and resident of the
city of Alchevsk in the Luhansk region and is not an official representative of Russia in the JCCC and a Russian officer. However, Kosyak has a
passport of a Russian citizen, like most of the inhabitants of the LPR and DPR.
The representative of the LPR in the Trilateral Contact Group at the negotiations on Donbass, Rodion Miroshnik, commenting on the situation, said:
"An employee of the JCCC of the LPR was captured when work was carried out, agreed with the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Today's sortie
of the VFU in Zolote emphasizes that Ukraine is a terrorist state that does not fulfill any of its obligations, including the observance of the
immunity of employees of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination. acting in the state of the OSCE. "
I would especially like to note that in addition to the fact that the officer was a member of the international mission created by the heads of
European states based on the results of the Minsk agreements, he has a Russian passport and is a citizen of Russia, being at the same time an officer
of the People's Militia of the LPR. Russia received a direct mandate for an extremely harsh reaction against the "terrorist state" of Ukraine,
which violates all international norms and agreements.
Russian political scientists agree that this is an extremely stupid response of the former president of Ukraine, comedian Zelensky, to Victoria
Nuland's visit to Moscow, where she offered to give Ukraine to Russia in exchange for military bases in the former Soviet republics in Central Asia,
which became relevant after the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.
Although this provocation may also be a response to the unfortunate results of this visit. Let me remind you that Victoria Nuland could not visit
Russia, as she is under reciprocal Russian sanctions. In order for Nuland to be able to visit Moscow, the American side lifted the earlier sanctions
against a group of Russians.
In Russia, exacerbation of the situation in the east of Ukraine is expected. Earlier, Vladimir Putin has repeatedly stated. that the aggression of
Ukraine will end with the complete loss of its statehood.