Kiev forces violated the ceasefire 49 times over the past week, firing more than 700 rounds at the Republic’s territory, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre on Friday.
“Ukrainian forces violated the ceasefire 49 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.
“Overall 725 artillery, mortar and grenade launcher rounds were fired at LPR territory,” he added.
The number of strikes by Ukrainian army decreased by 12 compared with last week. A LPR militiaman was killed in Ukrainian army fire earlier this week, the spokesman said.
Ukrainian forces delivered strikes at Lozovoye, Logvinovo, Donetskiy, Molodezhnoye, Pervomaisk, Almaznoye, Kalinovo, Slavyanoserbsk, Prishib, Sokolniki, Zhelobok, Frunze and Krasniy Yar areas.
The orders to fire at LPR settlements were given by 53rd mechanised brigade commander Gruzevich, 10th mountain assault brigade commander Zubanich, 58th motorised infantry brigade commander Drapatiy and 14th mechanised brigade commander Zhakun.
Over the past 24 hours, the enemy violated the ceasefire seven times firing 127 artillery, mortar and grenade launcher rounds at the Republic’s territory, the spokesman 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 11 August — Lugansk