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26 September 2018, 14:30

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Kiev deploys US-made artillery reconnaissance radar in Popasnaya - People’s Militia

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LUGANSK, September 26 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces have deployed a U.S. artillery reconnaissance radar system in the Popasnaya settlement, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre on Wednesday.

“The Ukrainian army is continuing to build up forces and hardware on the contact line which confirms their plans to resolve the Donbass conflict by force,” Marochko said.

“In Popasnaya, which is the responsibility zone of 14th Separate Motorised Brigade, the operation of a U.S.-manufactured artillery reconnaissance radar system AN/TPQ-48 was recorded,” he said. “The radar feeds data to Ukrainian mortar squads which deliver strikes at residential areas of our settlements.”

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 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 — 26 September — Lugansk