30 December 2016, 17:30
Kiev deploys 19 thousand troops to the conflict zone in Donbass in 2016 - LPR People Militia
Ukrainian army has deployed over 19 thousand troops to the conflict zone in Donbass by the end of 2016, said LPR People’s Militia command chief Colonel Oleg Anaschenko.
"Forces and hardware located in the conflict zone as of December 2016: 19,464 troops, 186 tanks, 235 artillery pieces of 152mm and 122mm caliber, 100 mortars of 82mm and 120mm caliber, 80 MLRS, 621 armored fighting vehicles," Anaschenko said.
The members of the Contact Group on the implementation of the peace plan in the East of Ukraine at a meeting in Minsk on 21 December agreed on complete ceasefire in Donbass effective from midnight 24 December. Since the autumn of 2014 it is the 10th attempt to set up a durable 'silence regime'. Earlier, Kiev forces repeatedly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 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.
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