21 September 2020, 11:47


Kiev forces fire grenade launcher at Kalinovo area - LPR militia

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LUGANSK, September 21 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces fired a hand-held anti-tank grenade launcher (RPG) at the Kalinovo settlement area, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia spokesman Yakov Osadchiy said.

“An RPG-7 grenade launcher round was fired from 24th Brigade 1st Battalion positions in the direction of our positions in the Kalinovo settlement area,” Osadchiy said. “It was an unaimed shot, so it did not threaten the life of LPR militiamen or civilians.”

“People’s Militia units monitored the enemy while observing the ceasefire terms; they did not open fire,” the LPR militia spokesman said.

“24th Brigade gunmen’s actions are another proof that Brigade commander (Colonel Valery) Gudz is unable to put things in order in his units and control the implementation of the command’s order to observe the ceasefire,” Osadchiy said.

“We demand that Ukraine look into the fact of open disregard by 24th Separate Mechanised Brigade commanders of the additional ceasefire control accord,” he said.

The Ukrainian side at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination was quickly informed about the incident through the coordination mechanism to prevent accusations of provocations against the LPR People’s militia, the spokesman said.

The Contact Group agreed the tighter ceasefire control measures in Donbass starting at 00:01, July 27 at the July 22 videoconference. The Additional Measures to Strengthen the Ceasefire include: ban on offensive or reconnaissance operations, ban on using any aerial vehicles, ban on fire, including sniper fire; ban on deployment of heavy weapons to populated areas and adjacent territories, first of all, to civilian infrastructure, including schools, kindergartens, hospitals and public premises;    effective implementation of disciplinary measures against violators of the ceasefire and notification the Contact Group Coordinator thereof, who further notifies all its participants;  establishing and employing a coordination mechanism for reacting to ceasefire violations with assistance of the JCCC with its current membership; retaliatory fire in case of an offensive is allowed only in case it is opened on the order of appropriate command of the Ukrainian armed forces or LPR, DPR People's Militia after unsuccessful attempt to employ the above mentioned mechanism. The Contact Group shall be notified of such orders.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than 20 times since the autumn of 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.

Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. Conflict settlement relies on the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, signed on February 12, 2015 in the Belarussian capital by the Contact Group members and coordinated by the Normandy Four heads of states (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution No 2202 of February 17, 2015 and called upon the parties to ensure its implementation.

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 — 21 September — Lugansk