30 July 2020, 12:38



Kiev allows strikes at LPR, DPR in violation of ceasefire control measures - LPR militia

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LUGANSK, July 30 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces shelled the Lugansk People’s Republic territory after the Ukrainian Defence Ministry published a report on Ukrainian servicemen’ making their own decision on opening fire, LPR People’s Militia chief of staff Yan Leschenko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

On Thursday, Kiev forces shelled LPR militia positions in the Golubovskoye settlement area in violation of the Additional Measures to Strengthen the Ceasefire agreed by the Contact Group, which came into force at 00:01, July 27.

“Enemy fire activity was recorded after the Ukrainian Defence Ministry published a report on Ukrainian servicemen making their own decision on opening fire under the pretext that the decision-making commanders were too far away, which is at odds with the list of additional ceasefire control measures,” Leschenko said.

“The initial version of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry statement sharply differs from the final version in the section concerting the giving of the right to Ukrainian servicemen to deliver fire,” he noted.

“We urge the command of the JFO (so-called Joint Forces Operation) to restore order in subordinated armed formations, tighten control over the ceasefire and stop provocative strikes in order to keep the achieved truce,” Leschenko said.

The Contact Group coordinated the introduction of additional measures to strengthen the ceasefire starting at 00:01, July 27 at the July 22 videoconference.  The document bans offensive or reconnaissance operations,  use of any aerial vehicles, fire including sniper fire, deployment of heavy weapons to populated areas and adjacent territories, first of all, to civilian infrastructure, including schools, kindergartens, hospitals and public premises. It provides for effective implementation of disciplinary measures against violators of the ceasefire and notification the Contact Group Coordinator thereof, who further notifies all its participants; establishing and employing a coordination mechanism for reacting to ceasefire violations with assistance of the JCCC with its current membership; retaliatory fire in case of an offensive is allowed only if it is opened on the order of appropriate command of the Ukrainian armed forces or LPR, DPR People's Militia after unsuccessful attempt to employ the above mentioned mechanism. The Contact Group shall be notified of such orders.

The LPR People’s Militia said that on July 26, the order envisioned by the additional measures to strengthen the ceasefire was communicated to the militiamen.

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 — 30 July — Lugansk