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2 October 2019, 14:39

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Kiev forces mine SMM's route outside Zolotoye

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LUGANSK, October 2 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Ukrainian armed forces have mined the road used by the OSCE SMM patrols in the vicinity of Zolotoye, said LPR People's Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko.

"To prevent the mission members from entering areas where arms banned under the Minsk Agreements are deployed  to, the troops under command of the 72nd brigade commander Artyom Bogomolov have mined a road that is part of the SMM route in the vicinity of Zolotoye installing 46 TM-62 anti-tank mines and barbed wires."

He said that an OSCE SMM report confirmed mine contamination.

LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk on September, 21 initialed a framework agreement on pullback of forces in Donbass, that was also signed by representatives of Ukraine, Russia and OSCE. The document provides for three disengagement areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Lugaskaya and Petrovskoe (DPR territory). Heads of LPR and DPR Igor Plotnitskiy and Alexander Zakharchenko signed the agreement on September 22 and 23, respectively.

The disengagement has been carried out in Zolotoye and Petrovskoe. All previous attempts to disengage in Stanitsa Lugansksya area, and there were over 40 of them, were disrupted by the Ukrainian side.

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 adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

LuganskMediaCentre — 02 October — Lugansk