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23 August 2018, 15:08

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Kiev forces suffer losses in Zhelobok breakthrough attempt - People’s Militia

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LUGANSK, August 23 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces suffered losses in a failed attempt to break though Lugansk People’s Republic defences in the Zhelobok area, Slavyanoserbskiy district, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“Today, the enemy attempted to seize new positions in the Zhelobok settlement area,” Marochko said. “At 07:50, 53rd Brigade servicemen with a  force up to one motorised infantry squad advanced towards our positions.”

“We had to open adequate return fire to supress the enemy firing points. Ukrainian army losses amounted to at least four wounded and three dead; the enemy was driven back to his initial positions,” the spokesman said.

The situation in the LPR People’s Militia responsibility zone remains tense; Kiev forces violated the ceasefire twice over the past 24 hours.

“Fire was delivered at the Zhelobok village and the Prince Igor monument area with 120mm mortars and small arms,” Marochko said.

Overall, six mortar rounds were fired at the Republic’s territory. The orders to open fire were given by war criminals Osipchuk, 59th Brigade commander, and Gruzevich, 53rd Brigade commander, he added.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than 20 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 23 August — Lugansk