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4 July 2018, 17:14

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Kiev forces reinforse positions in Zolotoye disengagement area

LUGANSK, July 4 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Ukrainian army is building up forces in the proximity of Zolotoye, LPR People’s Militia’s spokesman Andrey Marochko said.

The OSCE SMM has reported Ukrainian military presence in the Zolotoye disengagement area in its June 2 report.

Marochko said Kiev been upgrading their positions in the vicinity of Zolotoye, deploying troops and equipment there in violation of the September 19, 2014 memorandum and the Article 2 of the Minsk Agreements package of measures dated February 12, 2015.

he press centre of the headquarters of the so-called “Joint Forces Operation” said on July 2 that the Ukrainian army had taken control of the Zolotoye-4 settlement allegedly located in the “grey zone.” Marochko said in response that the settlement had been under Kiev’s control since 2014.  

Earlier, the LPR People’s Militia denied Kiev’s statement on Ukrainian army advance in the Zhelobok area.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than ten times since autumn 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 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 July — Lugansk