8 August 2017, 14:50


Kiev forces fire 216 rounds at LPR areas over 24 hours - People’s Militia

Kiev forces fired 216 rounds at LPR territory over the past 24 hours, LPR People’s Militia’s spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre on Tuesday.

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

 “Our units’ positions in Zhelobok, Sokolniki, Slavyanoserbsk and Kalinovo areas came under fire, the enemy used 120mm and 82mm mortars, infantry fighting vehicle cannons, grenade launchers and small arms,” he said.

 “Overall, 216 artillery, mortar and grenade launcher rounds were fired at the Republic’s territory,” he added.

He said Ukrainian forces were continuing to violate the Minsk Agreements’ provision on withdrawing large-calibre weapons from the contact line.

“New positions of two 58th brigade mortar batteries have been spotted in Novotoshkovskoye settlement area,” Marochko 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 08 August — Lugansk