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24 February 2021, 13:37

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Civilian killed in mine blast in Ukraine-controlled Zolotoye-4

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LUGANSK, February 24 (Lugansk Media Centre) - A civilian has been killed in a blast outside Zolotoye-4, said LPR People's Militia press officer Yakov Osadchiy.

"The JFO HQ reported a mine blast at 5.25 p.m. on Feb 23 outside the Volnyi khutor, located close to Zolotoye-4; the explosive device was installed by the 92nd brigade, and the blast killed a civilian, 1947 year of birth."

The incident "was carefully concealed during the night by the Sever Combined Task Force (North) as they could not coordinate a statement to release to public."

In the morning, the JFO accused LPR People's Militia of opening fire on the town and allegedly killing the civilian.

"The mortar fire on the area has not been recorded," Osadchiy said dismissing the allegation.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.

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 UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution No 2202 of February 17, 2015 and called upon the parties to ensure its implementation.

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 — 24 February — Lugansk