8 February 2019, 19:26


Journalists, LPR reps at JCCC come under Ukrainian army fire in Zolotoye

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LUGANSK, February 8 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Journalists and Lugansk People’s Republic representatives at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination came under Kiev forces fire in the Zolotoye area, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said.

On Friday morning, Kiev forces shelled the Maryevka and Mikhailovka townships in Zolotoye-5 damaging houses, a power transmission line and a gas pipe. At 15:15, “Kiev Rus” volunteer battalion gunmen shot at the workers who were fixing a damaged electricity pylon in the Zolotoye-5 area.

“A group of journalists and the JCCC officers recording the aftermath of the shelling also came under fire,” Marochko said.

No casualties were immediately reported, he added.

On February 4, two houses in Zolotoye-5 were damaged in shelling by Ukrainian forces. A school was damaged in the February 1 strike and kindergarten Beryozka was damaged on January 31.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 08 February — Lugansk