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17 April 2018, 11:15

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Kiev forces use OSCE SMM data to shell Lugansk - People’s Militia

LUGANSK, April 17 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces used OSCE Special Monitoring Mission data to shell Lugansk at night, LPR People’s Militia’s spokesman Andrey Marochko told reporters at the scene of shelling.

Overnight to Tuesday, Ukrainian army units delivered an artillery strike at the Lugansk district where preparations for the V-Day parade is ongoing. Four pieces of military equipment selected for the Victory Day parade on May 9 and a WWII tank were damaged

“I wish to note the fact that the OSCE SMM reported on April 13 the number, types and place of deployment of the equipment selected for the Victory Day Parade on May 9,” Marochko said. “The OSCE SMM official webpage on Twitter in Ukraine has a photo of this equipment taken by an unmanned aerial vehicle operated by the Mission. Ukrainian army units used the published information to deliver an artillery strike.”

“The fire was delivered from the outskirts of the Makaravo settlement, six kilometres from the contact line. This is new evidence of the violation of the commitment by Ukraine to withdraw large calibre weapons, including 152mm artillery to a distance of more than 33 kilometres,” Marochko said.

“We regard these actions as a provocation by Ukraine’s pro-fascist leadership, aimed at foiling the Victory Day parade, the current truce and the Minsk agreements in general,” he said.

“Kiev forces have fired more than 700 artillery and mortar rounds at the territory of our Republic since March 30. Ukrainian gunmen’s criminal actions left two LPR militiamen dead and another nine wounded,” Marochko said.

“The Contact Group plans meetings in Minsk tomorrow at which the LPR will certainly raise the issue of Kiev’s moves to mount tensions and its confrontation course. If Ukrainian gunmen open fire again, People’s Militia will have to respond in kind and return suppressive fire,” the spokesman said.

Earlier, the LPR People’s Militia said Kiev forces had shelled Lugansk to foil the May 9 parade.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 17 April — Lugansk