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22 May 2018, 12:23

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Kiev forces fire on OSCE SMM patrol - People’s Militia

LUGANSK, May 22 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces fired at an OSCE Special Monitoring Mission patrol in the Kiev-controlled Kryakovka village area, Slavyanoserbskiy District, to conceal the deployment of banned weapons there, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said.
 
“The Ukrainian gunmen’s practice to intimidate OSCE SMM representatives is gaining momentum,” Marochko said. “To conceal banned weapons and other violations of the Minsk agreements, the United Forces Operations command issues criminal orders to its subordinates to open fire at monitors.”
 
At 11:57 on May 21, two armoured SMM patrol cars carrying five personnel came under fire west of the Kiev-controlled Kryakovka settlement, Slavyanoserbskiy District,” the spokesman said.
 
“The monitors heard four small arms shots at a distance of some 100 metres south of their location. Luckily, nobody was hurt as the international monitors were in the car. The patrol immediately left the area and safely returned to its base in Severodonetsk. The SMM reported the incident to the Ukrainian Mission at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination and asked to look into it,” Marochko said.
 
“The incident is new proof of Ukraine’s two-facedness,” he said. “On the one hand, commander of the occupation forces’ operation General Naev alleges that he has ordered the unit commanders not to create obstacles to OSCE mission personnel, but in actual fact, orders are issued to intimidate and threaten the international observers and deliver fire in close proximity to them.”
 
Marochko earlier said that Kiev forces had appropriated two two-storey houses in the Kryakovka village and deployed armoured personnel carriers in one of the yards.
 
The LPR People’s Militia previously reported that Ukrainian servicemen fired a grenade launcher at OSCE monitors to conceal the banned weapons in the Zolotoye area.
 
The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on February 12, 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 — 22 May — Lugansk