9 July 2019, 16:08


Kiev forces jam OSCE drones in Trekhizbenka area - LPR militia

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LUGANSK, July 9 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces use electronic warfare systems against unmanned aerial vehicles of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine to conceal Ukrainian armaments deployed in the Trekhizbenka village area,” Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“To conceal the presence of military hardware prohibited by the Minsk Agreements, Ukrainian army commanders continue to jam OSCE SMM drone control and navigation signals,” Filiponenko said. “A new such case was recorded in the Trekhizbenka area.”

“54th Brigade commander (Col Alexey) Maistrenko was the most ingenious commander in the Operations and Tactical Group “North” in terms of creating obstacles to OSCE monitors’ work. At his order, 2nd Battalion servicemen use UAVs to track the movement of SMM officers and their daily activity at their Popasnaya base,” the press service officer said.

The Ukrainian army command might use the obtained videos and images to discredit OSCE mission personnel, he added.

Earlier, the LPR militia repeatedly reported the use of electronic warfare systems by Ukraine against OSCE drones.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.

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 — 09 July — Lugansk