18 August 2020, 12:16



Kiev army violates truce six times since July 27 - LPR militia

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LUGANSK, August 18 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukrainian army units have violated the ceasefire six times since the additional ceasefire control measures came into force in late July, the Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia spokesman Yakov Osadchiy said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“Ukrainian servicemen have violated the accords on the additional ceasefire control measures six times since 00:01, July 27, 2020, according to the LPR Office (at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination),” Osadchiy said.

He reminded that an LPR militiaman was killed by a sniper in a ceasefire violation by the enemy.

“It was an attempt by Ukraine to unsettle the situation on the contact line and provoke LPR militiamen into returning fire ahead of the Contact Group videoconference on August 18,” the spokesman said.

Kiev forces regularly violate Item 1 of the “Additional Measures” which bans offensives and commando operations towards changing the original positions of troops or further organising of positions.

“Nine facts of engineer works to organise 24th and 25 Brigades’ positions next to the settlements of Luganskoye, Troitskoye, Kondrashevskaya Novaya, Schastye and Zolotoye-4 have been recorded; foxhole charges were used in seven cases,” Osadchiy said. “The videos of these violations were earlier posted on the People’s Militia official website.”

The Contact Group agreed the 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 — 18 August — Lugansk