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13 March 2018, 16:08

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Kiev forces fake reports on ceasefire violations by LPR - People’s Militia

LUGANSK, Mar 13 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The headquarters of the so-called “anti-terrorist operation” (ATO) spreads false information on “ceasefire violations” by the Lugansk People’s Republic, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko said at a Lugansk Media Centre press briefing.

“The ATO press centre said on its Facebook page that one Ukrainian serviceman has been killed and another three have been wounded in grenade launcher and large calibre machine gun fire allegedly delivered from the LPR direction,” Marochko said.

“The answer is quite simple: the criminal Kiev regime needs conflict escalation in Donbass,” he said. “The Ukrainian army command does not feel embarrassed by the fact that the shelling is not confirmed by the international observers or the Ukrainian representatives at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC).”

“The obvious falsification of data on LPR People’s Militia ceasefire violations is ongoing. The report by the so-called ATO cite unsubstantiated information. It can be easily verified by comparing the report of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine with the report of the Lugansk Civil Military Administration. This information is also confirmed by local residents in the designated areas,” the spokesman said.

Earlier, Marochko said that Kiev, seeking to excuse its crimes in Donbass, accused LPR and DPR servicemen of planning provocations.

LPR envoy to the Minsk talks, acting foreign minister Vladislav Deinego said after the Contact Group meeting in the Belarussian capital on 28 February that the parties had agreed “absolute ceasefire” effective from midnight, Kiev time, and 1:00 a.m., Lugansk time, March 5.

The LPR People’s Militia said it was ready to observe the truce. To facilitate ceasefire control, the LPR People’s Militia head issued an order committing all militiamen going on combat alert to sign a written pledge to observe the ceasefire.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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

LuganskMediaCentre — 13 March — Lugansk