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22 March 2018, 15:06

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Kiev forces retrieving weapons from storage sites to escalate conflict - LPR People’s Militia

LUGANSK, March 22 (Lugansk Media Centre) -  Kiev forces have been actively retrieving weapons from storage sites in preparation for the Donbass conflict escalation, LPR People’s Militia’s spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Andrey Marochko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission’s March 21 report said that 64 towed howitzers and 11 MLRS BM-21 Grad, 122mm, nine self-propelled howitzers, seven MLRS BM-27 Uragan, 220mm and support vehicles were missing from four storage sites.

“This fact shows one thing: Ukraine, feeling its impunity, is preparing for the Donbass conflict escalation and only considers its solution by force,” the spokesman said.

“There’s such a notion as ‘Chekhov's gun,’ a dramatic principle that states that every element in a story must be necessary, so if the first chapter says that a gun is hanging on the wall, this gun must fire in the second or third chapter,” he said. “If it doesn’t fire, it shouldn’t be on the wall. I don’t think that Ukraine is moving out its equipment from storage sites and bringing “Uragans” into the conflict zone for fun.”

Earlier, Marochko said that Kiev forces were using the ceasefire to mass their forces and hardware along the whole contact line.

Last week, OSCE SMM monitors found some 70 pieces of weapons and military equipment missing from Ukrainian army storage sites.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 12 February 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 — 22 March — Lugansk