4 January 2017, 13:02


Kiev forces organize positions in 'grey zone' near Novoluganskoye

Kiev forces organize positions for further heavy arms deployment to Novoluganskoye township in the "grey zone", said the Republic's People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko.

"Troops of 54th brigade who have illegally occupied the township, carry out deliberate entrenchment on the ground to deploy heavy weapons there," Marochko said.

Ukrainian command also deploys troops there, he added.

"Once again, we address the OSCE asking them to influence Ukraine's government whose money-focused and heinous interests run counter the common sense and agreements on peaceful settlement of the conflict."

Novoluganskoye is a Svetlodarsk neighborhood, the town, from where Ukrainian armed forces opened fire on Debaltsevo residential areas on December 23.

The members of the Contact Group at the meeting in Minsk on December 21st agreed to enforce a comprehensive and durable ceasefire in effect from December 24th. The deal has become the 10th truce agreement since the autumn of 2014. Earlier Kiev forces regularly violate such agreements and LPR People's Militia records violations by Ukraine almost daily.

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 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 January — Lugansk