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8 July 2020, 18:28

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Kiev forces jam SMM's UAV and make it abort the mission

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LUGANSK, July 8 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Ukrainian electronic warfare units interfered with the OSCE SMM operation making monitors to abort their aerial patrol, the LPR People's Militia said.

"Electronic warfare mobile groups of the 30th brigade 20th EW battalion activated operations to purposefully jam OSCE SMM unmanned aerial vehicles control channels. An SMM patrol had to abort its aerial patrol in the vicinity of Zolotoye, Pilipchatino and Molodyezhnoye."

According to LPR People's Militia, Kiev forces are especially concerned about concealing their activity in Molodyezhnoye where they locate military equipment on private territories and install mine fields.

SMM's UAV was jammed on July 6, lost control and crashed. It was later retrieved by LPR and returned to the mission.

Employing combat aviation and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in 30km-wide zone along the line of contact is banned under Article 7 of Minsk Memorandum, with the exception to OSCE SMM UAVs.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 08 July — Lugansk