4 August 2017, 14:20
Kiev forces fire 700 rounds at LPR territory over week - People’s Militia
Kiev forces violated the ceasefire 61 times over the past week, firing more than 700 rounds at the Republic’s territory, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko said on Friday.
“Ukrainian forces violated the ceasefire 61 times over the past 24 hours using all types of weapons, including those banned by the Minsk Agreements: 152mm artillery, 120mm and 82mm mortars, infantry fighting vehicle cannons, grenade launchers and small arms,” Marochko said.
“As many as 719 artillery, mortar and grenade launcher rounds were fired at LPR territory,” he added.
“A woman suffered a shrapnel wound in Donetskiy settlement area shelling earlier this week,” the spokesman said.
Ukrainian forces delivered strikes at Kalinovka, Lozovoye, Logvinovo, Nizhneye Lozovoye, Donetskiy, Molodezhnoye, Pervomaisk, Almaznoye, Kalinovo, Slavyanoserbrsk, Smeloye, Dolgoye, Sokolniki, Zhelobok, Frunze and Khristovoye settlements and Prince Igor monument area.
The orders to fire at LPR settlements were given by 53rd mechanised brigade commander Gruzevich, 24th mechanised brigade commander Shevchenko, 58 motorised infantry brigade commander Drapatiy, and 14th mechanised brigade commander Zhakun.
Over the past 24 hours, the enemy violated the ceasefire 11 times firing 44 mortar and grenade launcher rounds at the Republic’s territory, the spokesman said.
“Prior to delivering strikes, the enemy stepped up reconnaissance using unmanned aerial vehicle on the contact line to adjust artillery fire at the designated areas. This fact shows deliberate violation of the Minsk Agreements by Ukrainian armed forces,” 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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.
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