3 August 2017, 13:41

Kiev forces fire 200 rounds at LPR over 24 hours - People’s Militia

Kiev forces fired more than 200 rounds at the Republic’s territory over the past 24 hours, LPR People’s Militia’s spokesman Lieutentant-Colonel Andrey Marochko said on Thursday.

The situation in LPR People’s Militia responsibility area remains tense; Ukrainian forces violated the ceasefire ten times over the past 24 hours, Marochko said.

“Our positions came under fire in Kalinovo, Logvinovo, Sokolniki, Slavyanoserbsk, Kalinovka, Pervomaisk and Donetskiy areas. The enemy used 120mm and 82mm mortars, infantry fighting vehicle cannons, grenade launchers and small arms,” he said.

“Two hundred and five artillery and grenade launcher rounds were fired at the Republic’s territory overall,” Marochko said.

“We continue to record the presence of prohibited enemy weapons and hardware in immediate proximity to the contact line. A mortar firing section used for provocation shelling was spotted in Luganskoye area in Ukrainian army 24th mechanised brigade’s responsibility zone, together with a sheltered infantry fighting vehicle providing fire cover.

“This fact is another evidence that the “anti-terrorist operation” Command is violating the ceasefire and weapons withdrawal agreements,” Marochko said.

“LPR People’s Militia units have regular training in combat skills and weapons and hardware maintenance and improve their facilities and resources,” he said.

“We do not react to Ukrainian armed forces’ provocations and strictly observe the Minsk Agreements,” the LPR People’s Militia spokesman said.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire for 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 03 August — Lugansk