28 January 2021, 15:05


AFP, AP reporters preparing stories to accuse LPR of strikes - People’s Militia

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LUGANSK, January 28 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces, together with French and U.S. reporters who arrived in the zone of the so-called “Joint Forces Operation,” are preparing materials to accuse the Lugansk People’s Republic of strikes and ceasefire violations, LPR People’s Militia press service officer Alexander Mazeikin said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“The occupation command actively attracts media representatives to the punitive operation zone for preparing materials to accuse the LPR People’s Militia of strikes and ceasefire violations,” and uses these materials for writing off nonbattle losses,” Mazeikin said.

“According to our source at the headquarters of the operations and tactical group “North”, journalists of the French and U.S. news agencies France Press, France24 and Associated Press arrived in the responsibility zone of the Ukrainian army’s 80th and 92nd Brigades,” he said.

“Joint Forces Operation commander (Major-General Viktor) Ganuschak ordered 74th Information and Psychological Operations Centre officers to monitor the reporters’ work. Army commanders have been instructed to provide assistance to journalists in preparing staged stories. In this connection, we do not rule out provocations from Ukrainian gunmen,” Mazeikin added.

The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. Conflict settlement relies on the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, signed on February 12, 2015 in the Belarussian capital by the Contact Group members and coordinated by the Normandy Four heads of states (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine). The document provides for ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line.


LuganskMediaCentre — 28 January — Lugansk