LUGANSK, September 11 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces are deploying additional mines in the Mironovskiy settlement area endangering civilians’ lives, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre on Tuesday.
“On top of aerial reconnaissance, Ukrainian gunmen from 72nd Brigade are laying additional minefields in the vicinity of Mironovskiy which endangers civilians’ lives because these areas have no warning signs,” Marochko said.
“We are drawing the OSCE Mission’s attention to these facts,” he added.
Earlier, Marochko said that Ukrainian servicemen had stepped up mine laying in the Katerinovka settlement area, Popasnaya district.
He also noted that the Ukrainian command had requested the assistance of an international humanitarian organisation due to Ukrainian army engineering units’ inability to accurately map their own minefields in the zone of the so-called “joint forces operation.”
Marochko underlined that sporadic mining of terrain in the proximity to settlements would cause civilian casualties as was confirmed by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission’s report on a mine explosion in which a Tryokhizbenka settlement resident was wounded.
The spokesman said that the militia was wary of a possible increase in civilian casualties in connection with Ukrainian army’s mine-laying operations in the zone of the so-called “joint forces operation.” Kiev forced had been planting new mines in the "JFO" zone although poor coordination was continuing to cause accidents on old mine sites involving both Ukrainian servicemen and civilians.
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.