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4 December 2018, 11:17

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Kiev forces fire on Stanitsa Luganskaya crossing point - LPR Office at JCCC

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LUGANSK, December 4 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces on Monday evening shelled the Stanitsa Luganskaya crossing point damaging bulletin boards, the Lugansk People’s Republic Office at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination said.

“As a result of the ceasefire violation by Ukrainian armed formations in disengagement zone No 1 at 22:00 on December 3, bulletin boards at the temporary LPR crossing point were damaged by four grenade launcher rounds,” the JCCC report said.

An inspection of ammunition fragments and damaged property found that the Stanitsa Luganskaya temporary crossing point had been targeted with four 40mm underbarrel grenade launcher (GP-25) rounds, it said.

There were no civilian casualties.

“The LPR Office at the JCCC again urges the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine to give proper assessment of the gross violation by Ukraine of the Tripartite Contact Group framework agreement dated September 21, 2016 on the disengagement of forces and hardware,” the LPR Office said.

On December 2, Ukrainian forces filed on the crossing point on the contact line in the Stanitsa Luganskaya area damaging wood planking.

Currently there is only one official checkpoint at the line of contact in LPR area of responsibility in Donbass and it is accessible via the bridge in vicinity of Stanitsa Luganskaya. Only pedestrian traffic here is possible thanks to temporary conduit, as the bridge was blown up by Ukrainian forces in early 2015. LPR has been continuously proposing to rebuild it.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than 20 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 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 Resolution 2202 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 — 04 December — Lugansk