Kiev forces mine road on OSCE monitors' route in Zolotoye area
LUGANSK, August 22 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces mined a road used by an OSCE Special Monitoring patrol in the Zolotoye area, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.
“To bar OSCE personnel from the areas where weapons banned by the Minsk Agreements have been deployed, Ukrainian armed formations mined a road on a Mission patrol's route in the Zolotoye area and installed barbed wire obstacles,” Filiponenko said.
Earlier, he said that Kiev forces continued to hamper OSCE SMM monitors’ activity in the zone of the so called “Joint Forces Operation.”
Filiponenko said that Kiev forces had launched a hunt for OSCE Special Monitoring Mission drones on the contact line after a Ukrainian general promised reward money for downed UAVs.
He also said that Kiev forces, in an attempt to conceal their hardware on the contact line, are creating obstacles to OSCE UAVs; for example, an OSCE drone was shot down on August 14 to hide Ukrainian weapons and equipment in the Schastye area.
LPR People’s Militia spokesman Yakov Osadchiy said that Kiev forces had been using radio electronic warefare systems to jam OSCE UAVs with the view of concealing the deployment of heavy armaments.
The LPR Office at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination said that Ukrainian forces had not allowed OSCE SMM personnel to drive to the Schastye bridge located on the contact line.
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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 22 August — Lugansk