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6 December 2017, 14:23

MILITARY&DEFENCE

Kiev forces shell Lugansk suburb, one house burns down, another three damaged

LUGANSK, December 6 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces on Wednesday morning shelled houses and utility structures in Zelyonaya Roscha neighbourhood in suburban Lugansk, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko told Lugansk Media Centre at the scene of the incident.

“The shelling left one house destroyed by fire and another three houses and a utility shed damaged,” Marochko said. Emergencies services personnel are working at the scene.

The aftermath of the shelling was recorded by representatives of the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC).

“There were about 150 impacts; we recorded seven 82mm mortar rounds, four anti-tank rocket-propelled grenade launcher (RPG) rounds; other strikes were delivered with an automatic grenade launchers,” the spokesman said.

“Today, Ukrainian army units are “congratulating” LPR residents on a Ukrainian holiday in this manner (Ukraine marks Day of Armed Forces on 6 December - eds Lugansk Media Centre),” he said. As you see, the strikes caused massive damage; one house burnt down. Luckily there was nobody in the house at the time; we have no casualties,” Marochko said.

“What makes things worse is that Ukrainian representatives at the (Contact Group) meeting in Minsk (on 5 December) offered new assurances that they were committed to the Minsk Agreements and that no strikes were delivered at civilians, but as you see, this is far from being true,” he said.

Earlier on Wednesday,  the Republic’s defence authorities said Kiev forces had shelled LPR People’s Militia positions ten times over the past 24 hours.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire for 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 06 December — Lugansk