20 December 2016, 13:59


Kiev forces shell LPR territory 14 times over past 24 hours

Kiev forces shelled LPR People’s Militia positions 14 times over the past 24 hours, the Republic’s defence authorities said.

Kalinovka village came under 82mm and 120mm mortar fire twice from Luganskoye township direction.

Kalinovka village axis was targeted with 152mm artillery from Svelodarsk direction.

Lozovoye village area was shelled with 82mm and 120mm mortars from Luganskoye township direction.

Nizhneye Lozovoye village area was hit with 122mm artillery and 82mm mortar rounds from the same direction.

Krutaya Gora village area was shelled twice from Lobachyovo village direction with BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle cannons, AGS automatic grenade launchers, GP-2 underbarrel grenade launchers and 120mm mortars.

Zheltoye village area came under RPG grenade launcher fire from Lobachyovo direction.

Sokolniki village area was shelled with 120mm mortars from Krymskoye village area.

Prince Igor monument area was targeted three times with AGS, GP-25 and small arms from Stanitsa Luganskoye and Novokondrashevskaya railway station directions.

 The members of the Contact Group on the implementation of the peace plan in the East of Ukraine at a meeting in Minsk on August, 26th agreed on complete ceasefire in Donbass effective from midnight April, 30. Since the autumn of 2014 it is the 9th attempt to set up a durable 'silence regime'. Вut due to systematic ceasefire violations by Ukrainian forces, that shelled the Republics territories with artillery, mortars and tanks that were to be withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements, LPR and DPR urged a strict implementation of comprehensive ceasefire effective from September, 15. Kiev promised to observe the truce, though LPR People's Militia records violations by Kiev forces 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 — 20 December — Lugansk