15 February 2018, 15:03
Kiev forces deploy mortars, IFVs near contact line - LPR People’s Militia
Lugansk, February 15 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces deployed mortars and infantry fighting vehicles near the contact line in violation of the Minsk Agreements, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko said.
The Ukrainian army is continuing to violate the terms of military equipment deployment in contact line area set forth by the Minsk agreements, and build the potential of their units in the zone of the so-called “anti-terrorist operation,” Marochko said.
“According to our information, a 120mm mortar with a sheltered IVF to provide fire cover for the mortar squad was revealed in responsibility zone of Ukrainian army 58th separate motorised infantry brigade in Novotoshkovskoye area,” he said.
“Local residents said a column of seven IFVs and three vehicles had moved from Zheltoye settlement towards Schastye,” Marochko added.
Meanwhile, LPR defence authorities reported increased sniper activity in the contact line area.
"A team of snipers was spotted in Katerinovka settlement area who fired several times at People’s Militia positions,” the spokesman said.
The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than ten times since autumn 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 12 February 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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