10 August 2017, 15:00

Kiev forces fire 60 rounds at LPR areas over 24 hours - People’s Militia

Kiev forces fired more than 60 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 Thursday.

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

 LPR People’s Militia positions in Zhelobok, Molodyozhnoye and Kalinovo settlement areas were targeted with 120mm and 82mm mortars, grenade launchers, infantry fighting vehicle cannons, heavy machine guns and small arms,” he said.

“An LPR militiaman was fatally wounded in shelling by Ukrainian forces,” the spokesman said.

“More 60 artillery, mortar and grenade launcher rounds were fired at the Republic’s territory,” he added.

Kiev forces continue to violate the Minsk Agreements by deploying banned weapons and hardware in the vicinity of the contact line.

“In Katerinovka settlement area, firing positions of two more mortar batteries were spotted; an infantry fighting vehicle (BMP-1) takes up positions at night. Organised positions of a mortar battery and a sheltered BMP-1 were spotted outside Troitskoye,” 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 10 August — Lugansk