17 May 2019, 11:41



Civilian injured, massive infrastructure damage reports as Pervomaisk comes under shelling

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LUGANSK, May 17 (Lugansk Media Centre) – A Pervomaisk resident sustained injury as the town came under shelling by Ukrainian forces, the local administration told Lugansk Media Center.

"This morning, 7.45 a.m. Ukrainian armed forces opened fire on Pervomaisk and its outskirts, injuring a civilian, born in 1962, as he was walking to his workplace at one of the enterprises."

The wounded was taken to the Central Hospital, but, as there was no electricity due to shelling, he was transferred to a hospital in Stakhanov.

Three spans of a power transmission line were damaged; a local cemetery was hit.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than 20 times since the autumn of 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 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 Resolution 2202 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 — 17 May — Lugansk