19 December 2016, 18:34
Ceasefire effective in Debaltsevo area from 5 p.m. thanks to JCCC efforts
The Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) managed to enforce a ceasefire on Debaltsevo axis effective from 5 p.m. today, said LPR People’s Militia spokesman Andey Marochko.
"The Ukrainian side asked the JCCC to introduce "silence regime" to take away the bodies of killed soldiers and those wounded from the battlefield," he said.
"Yesterday evening the Ukrainian side also asked for a ceasefire regime and used it to redeploy its forces and get ready for focused artillery strikes. After that an offensive on Debaltsevo axis began," Marochko added.
A heavy fighting erupted on December 18 in vicinity of Debaltsevo as units of 54th brigade of Ukrainian armed forces attacked LPR positions in Kalinovka village area, the fighting left 10 Ukrainian soldiers killed, 20 wounded, 2 LPR militiamen wounded and two unaccounted for.
In the night December 18-19 Ukrainian armed forces shelled Logvinovo village with heavy artillery and mortars that were taken from the storage areas, where the withdrawn heavy weapons are to be kept in accordance with Minsk Agreements.
During the day December 19 Ukrainian military continued massive shelling of the area and fighting spread out all along the contact line in Debaltsevo zone.
The members of the Contact Group on the implementation of the peace plan in the East of Ukraine at a meeting in Minsk on August, 26th agreed on complete ceasefire in Donbass effective from midnight April, 30. Since the autumn of 2014 it is the 9th attempt to set up a durable 'silence regime'. Вut due to systematic ceasefire violations by Ukrainian forces, that shelled the Republics territories with artillery, mortars and tanks that were to be withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements, LPR and DPR urged a strict implementation of comprehensive ceasefire effective from September, 15. Kiev promised to observe the truce, though LPR People's Militia records violations by Kiev forces almost daily.
The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on February 12, 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.
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