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28 July 2017, 15:00

MILITARY&DEFENCE

Kiev forces fire about 1,000 rounds at LPR territory over week - People’s Militia

Kiev forces violated the ceasefire 59 times over the past week, firing some 1,000 rounds at the Republic’s territory, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre on Friday.

 “Fire was delivered with all kinds of weapons including those banned by the Minsk Agreements: 122mm artillery, 120mm and 82mm mortars, infantry fighting vehicle cannons, grenade launchers and small arms,” Marochko said.

Overall, 995 artillery, mortar and grenade launcher rounds were fired at the Republic’s territory,” he said, adding that the number of strikes had increased by 15 compared with the previous week.

 Two LPR militiamen were killed in Ukrainian army fire in Znamenka area earlier this week, the spokesman said.

Kiev forces shelled Nizhneye Lozovoye, Kalinovka, Lozovoye, Logvinovo, Donetskiy, Molodezhnoye, Pervomaisk, Almaznoye, Kalinovo, Slavyanoserbsk, Smeloye, Zheltoye, Znamenka, Frunze, Zhelobok, Krasniy Yar settlements and Prince Igor monument area.

The orders to fire at LPR settlement areas were given by 53rd mechanised brigade commander Gruzevich, 24th mechanised brigade commander Shevchenko, 58th motorised infantry brigade commander Drapatiy, and 14th mechanised brigade commander Zhakun.

Over the past 24 hours, the enemy violated the ceasefire six times firing 123 rounds at the Republic’s territory.

Ukrainian forces stepped up UAV-aided reconnaissance on the contact line, and also used UAVs for artillery fire adjustment.

“We recorded Ukrainian armed forces’ UAVs in flight in Lozovoye, Kalinovo and Sokolniki village areas,” Marochko added.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 28 July — Lugansk