18 February 2020, 13:01


Kiev forces deliver strike at LPR to evacuate killed commandos - militia

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LUGANSK, February 18 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces delivered a massive strike at Lugansk People’s Republic settlements in order to evacuate their commandos who had been killed or wounded in the breakthrough attempt in the Golubovskoye settlement area, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Yakov Osadchiy said.

Earlier, the LPR militia said that a Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group had hit a minefield as it attempted to approach LPR militiamen’s positions in the Golubovskoye area. At least two Ukrainian servicemen were killed and another three were wounded, according to the LPR militia.

“An order was given to deliver a massive artillery strike at LPR settlements in order to be able to evacuate the casualties from the scene,” Osadchiy said.

Ukrainian gunmen fired 82mm and 120mm mortars and 122mm and 152mm artillery at Golubovskoye, Sokolniki, Donetskiy and Smeloye settlement areas. "Ukrainian army’s 93rd Brigade gunmen, commanded by (Colonel Dmitry) Bryzhinsky, fired more than 50 artillery and mortar rounds at the Republic’s territory,” the spokesman said.

Civil infrastructure damage was recorded but emergency services are unable to reach the sites. Civilians have to hide cellars of their houses, he added.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Lugansk People’s Republic Office at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) reported that civil infrastructure facilities in the town of Kirovsk and the Donetskiy settlement had sustained multiple damage in shelling by Ukrainian forces.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 18 February — Lugansk