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13 February 2018, 16:49

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Bodies of two Ukrainian commandos remain in battlefield - People’s Militia

LUGANSK, February 13 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The bodies of two Ukrainian commandos killed in unsuccessful attempt to break through into LPR territory remain in a wooded strip in Ukrainian forces live fire zone, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Andrey Marochko said.
 
On 12 February evening, LPR militiamen thwarted Ukrainian commandos’ attempted raid into the Republic's territory. Three Ukrainian servicemen, killed in the clash, were abandoned by their retreating colleagues.
 
“I wish to deny yet again the mendacious Ukrainian army command’s allegations that People’s Militia shelled Krymskoye settlement, killing one serviceman and wounding another,” Marochko said.
 
“What they say is far from being true. Let the so-called commanders explain to the mothers and wives of the dead servicemen how a Ukrainian solider ended up in Stakhanov town morgue. It is new evidence of Ukrainian armed forces understating their losses and sending their servicemen to our positions as cannon fodder,” he said.
 
“I wish to note that two dead Ukrainian servicemen are now in a wooded strip, abandoned by their so-called comrades-in-arms. Evacuation of bodies is not possible at present because it is a Ukrainian live fire zone, so our militia cannot retrieve them to hand them over to relatives,” the spokesman said.
 
“I’d like to reiterate that People’s Militia seeks a peaceful settlement of the Donbass situation, but that all Ukrainian servicemen’s attempts to reconfigure the contact line will be harshly dealt with,” he said.
 
LPR People’s Militia Medical Service Senior Lieutenant Tatyana Khromkova said a blood test of the dead Ukrainian serviceman evacuated from the battlefield showed traces of alcohol.
 
In November 2016, LPR militiamen in Zhelobok area, Slavyanoserbskiy District, destroyed a Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance squad which planned to carry out terrorist attacks in the Republic.
 
On 23 November 2017, three Ukrainian commandos died and another two were wounded in an attempt to break through to People’s Militia positions in Frunze area. One of the Ukrainian saboteurs, abandoned in a minefield by his colleagues, was later found by LPR militiamen who took him to hospital. LPR medics said the wounded Ukrainian saboteur evacuated from the battle field tested positive for narcotics. The bodies of the dead saboteurs were handed over to Ukraine.
 
The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than ten times since autumn 2014. Kiev forces regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.
 
The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on 12 February 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by its 2202 Resolution and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.
 
The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

LuganskMediaCentre — 13 February — Lugansk