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2 May 2019, 14:13

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Kiev deploys foreign snipers to Schastye - LPR militia

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LUGANSK, May 2 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The Ukrainian army command deployed foreign snipers and field engineers to the Schastye area, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko said.

“Criminal Kiev authorities are making a new demonstration of their plans to solve the Donbass conflict by force,” Filiponenko said. “Our intelligence recorded a buildup of enemy forces and hardware, namely the enlisting of expensive foreign mercenaries by Kiev to kill its own people.”

“Twelve snipers arrived in the Schastye area during rotation on April 30 to strengthen the Ukrainian army’s 10th Separate Mountain Assault Brigade,”  he said.

“Assistance in minfield mapping will be provided by engineers who arrived in the Brigade headquarters. All the new arrivals are foreign instructors and mercenaries, supposedly from Georgia and Lithuania,” the officer added.

Earlier, he said that Ukrainian commanders had deployed snipers to the Nizhnetyoploye village area to stage provocations.

 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 02 May — Lugansk