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15 January 2021, 17:53

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Explosion hits gas main in LPR, Lugansk blaims Kiev for terrorist attack

A blast has damaged a gas pipe in the LPR, authorities are blaming Ukrainian agents, the law enforcement said.

Emerging reports say that a gas main was blown up around 5 a.m. on Friday in the vicinity of the Glafirovka township leaving ten townships and 13 thousand customers without gas supply, including schools and boiler houses.

"A criminal investigation has been launched under article 342 p. 2 cl. B "Sabotage Act" of the LPR Criminal Code," the Ministry of State Security said.

Police and first responders have also arrived to the scene.

LPR representative at the Minsk talks Olga Kobtseva described the accident as a terrorist attack carried out by Ukraine who is "unwilling to bring peace back to Donbass".

She said the attack aims arms at destabilizing the situation and making residents disgruntled.

Kobtseva said that the accident will be brought up at the Contact Group meeting scheduled on January 21.

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 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.

To facilitate the work of the Contact Group, four working groups were set up under its aegis to deal with issues of security, politics, return of internally displaced people and refuges, as well as with social, humanitarian, economic and rehabilitation issues.

LuganskMediaCentre — 15 January — Lugansk