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13 March 2019, 12:13

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JCCC: Ukrainian armed forces violate spring ceasefire 10 times in five days

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Kiev forces violated the Spring ceasefire 10 times in the five days since it came into force, LPR Mission to the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) said.

"In the five days of the Spring ceasefire, from March 8 to March 13, Ukrainian armed formations violated it 10 times as recorded by the LPR Mission to the JCCC."

The report said that Kiev forces used weapons banned by the Minsk Agreements: anti-tank missile system and 82 mm mortars.

"Five shelling incidents involving infantry fighting vehicles (BMP type) and grenade laucnhers (RPG-7, SPG-9, AGS-17 and GP-25 types) were recorded. Overall, 54 rounds were fired. "

The most intense shelling was opened on Frunze, Zhelobok, Zolotoye-5 and Lozovoye. As a result of criminal actions of Ukrainian armed formations, one object of civil infrastructure was damaged.

The LPR Mission the JCCC called once again on the special monitoring mission of the OSCE "to give an appropriate assessment of the gross violations of the Minsk Agreements by the Ukrainian side."

The Spring ceasefire, 23rd in the series of ceasefire recommitments, was agreed to by the security subgroup of the Contact Group and came in effect in Donbass on March 8, 2019 1:01 a.m. (GMT+3).

The LPR People's Militia has announced its commitment to observe the Spring Ceasefire and said it hoped for reciprocal response from the Ukrainian goverenment.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire for almost two dozen times since autumn 2014. Kiev forces regularly violate the truce opening fire with heavy artillery, mortars and tank guns, which should have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk Agreements.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 12 February 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.

LuganskMediaCentre — 13 March — Lugansk