LUGANSK, February 8 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukrainian large calibre artillery predictably fired at LRP territory during U.S. diplomats’ visit in a bid to set up the Republic as ceasefire violator, said LPR People’s Militia spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Andrey Marochko.
Earlier on Thursday, LPR People’s Militia warned about possible Ukrainian army provocations during US diplomats visit to Svetlodarsk.
“Predictably, Ukrainian army units delivered a strike with 152mm artillery from Mironovskiy township at Vergulevka settlement in LPR territory hoping to provoke LPR People’s Militia into returning fire,” Marochko said.
Damage and casualty assessment is underway, he added.
Earlier, Marochko said Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance squad and snipers stepped up their activity in Svetlodarsk salient area.
Acting LPR People’s Militia chief Mikhail Filiponenko said Ukrainian army units had begun drilling offensive tactic in the so-called “ATO” zone and that they had received river crossing equipment.
The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 08 February — Lugansk