1 February 2019, 18:13


Kiev forces fire 500 rounds at LPR territory over week - People’s Militia

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LUGANSK, February 1 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces fired more than 500 rounds at the Lugansk People’s Republic’s territory over the past week, LPR People’s Militia’s acting chief Colonel Mikhail Filiponenko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“Kiev forces violated the ceasefire 29 times over the past week firing more than 500 artillery and mortar rounds at LPR areas,” Filiponenko said.

The following settlements came under fire: Lozovoye, Veselogorovka, Kalinovo, Kalinovo-Borschevatoye, Pervomaisk, Molodyozhnoye, Zolotoye-5, Donetskiy, Zhelobok, Frunze, Sokolniki, Prishib, Krutaya Gora, Rayevka and the Prince Igor monument area in Stanitsa Luganskaya.

The orders to fire at LPR settlements were given by Ukrainian army 54th Brigade commander Col. Alexey Maistrenko, 10th Brigade commander Col. Vasiliy Zubanich, 25th Brigade commander Col. Oleg Zenchenko and 30th Brigade commander Col. Ivan Garaz.

He reminded that one LPR militiaman had been killed in shelling by Kiev forces.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than 20 times since the autumn of 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 February 12, 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution 2202 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 — 01 February — Lugansk