9 August 2017, 14:17

Kiev forces fire 50 rounds at LPR areas over 24 hours - People’s Militia

Kiev forces fired more than 50 rounds at the Republic’s 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 Wednesday.

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

 “Our units’ positions in Zhelobok, Logvinovo, Molodyozhnoye, Almaznaya and Kalinovo areas were targeted by (Ukrainian army) 53rd and 10th brigades using 120mm and 82mm mortars, infantry fighting vehicle cannons and small arms in violation of the Minsk Agreements,” he said.

“The criminal orders were given by war criminals Gruzevich and Zubanich. Overall, more than 50 artillery, mortar and grenade launcher rounds were fired at the Republic’s territory,” the spokesman said.

“There were no casualties among militiamen or civilians,” he said.

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

“New mortar battery positions of 10th mountain assault brigade were spotted in Katerinovka settlement area,” Marochko said. OSCE Mission monitors reported one armoured personnel carrier (BTR-4) and one scout car (BRDM) near the checkpoint in Makarovo settlement area.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 09 August — Lugansk