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17 September 2019, 14:59

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Kiev forces shelled Donetskiy with IFV cannons, machine guns - LPR militia

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LUGANSK, September 17 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukrainian army units violated the ceasefire shelling the Donetskiy township which is administered by the Kirov Town Council, the Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“The enemy continued to deliver strikes at the territory of our Republic early on Tuesday,” Filiponenko said. “At 07:40, Ukrainian armed formations 14th Brigade fired at the Donetskiy settlement with BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle cannons, large calibre machine guns and small arms.”

Earlier, the LPR Office at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination reported that Kiev forces violated the ceasefire in the LPR responsibility zone four times over the past 24.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than 20 times since the autumn of 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 Resolution 2202 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 — 17 September — Lugansk