2 July 2018, 14:49


Kiev controls Zolotoye-4 since 2014, claims of its 'recapture' are fake - People's Militia

LUGANSK, July 2 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Ukrainian forces claimed they have "retaken control" over the township which has been under their control since 2014, said LPR People's Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko commenting on the statement of the Kiev's JFO press service on the "recapture of Zolotoye-4".

"Ukrainian statements on gaining control over their territories have become traditional. Zolotoye-4 has been under the Ukrainian army control since 2014."

Marochko said such statements make smile not only professional military, but everyone.

"They show that their commanders at any level are completely unaware of the situation on the ground".

Earlier LPR Peoples'sMilitia dismissed Kiev's claims of capturing Zhelobok.

LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk on September 21, 2016 initialled a framework agreement on partial pullback of forces in Donbass, that was also signed by representatives of Ukraine, Russia and OSCE. The document provides for three disengagement areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Luganskaya and Petrovskoye (DPR territory). Heads of LPR and DPR Igor Plotnitskiy and Alexander Zakharchenko signed the agreement on 22 and 23 September, respectively. The disengagement was completed in Petrovskoye and Zolotoye areas. Kiev failed to pull back its forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya area for more than 70 times.

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 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 — 02 July — Lugansk