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23 September 2020, 14:01

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Inspectors report loss of 20 British-made GPS navigators at Ukrainian army brigade

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LUGANSK, September 23 (Lugansk Media Centre) - A commission of the Operations and Tactical Group Sever (North) Headquarters reported the loss of 20 GPS navigators received as part of military assistance from Britain, following inspection at a Ukrainian army brigade in the so-called Joint Forces Operation zone, the Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia press service officer Alexander Mazeikin said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“New facts of theft of military property were recorded at the Ukrainian army 25th Brigade whose units are due to leave the punitive operation zone,” Mazeikin said. “According to our sources, the Commission of the Operations and Tactical Group North Headquarters, exposed, aside from thefts and losses of weapons and ammunition, the loss of 20 GPS navigators produced by the Oysters firm and received  from Britain under the military cooperation programme.”

He added that “according to our source, the devices were passed to volunteers in exchange for three Phanton-type unmanned aerial vehicles which they planned to sell at a specialised shop in Kharkov; however, they were detained by agents of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).”

The Commission is currently checking 25th Brigade units following the report by Brigade commander (Colonel Oleg) Zenchenko on GPS navigators destroyed in a fire, the press service officer said.

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 document provides for ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line.

LuganskMediaCentre — 23 September — Lugansk