17 January 2019, 09:04
Kiev forces violate ceasefire five times over 24 hours
LUGANSK, January 17 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces shelled LPR People’s Militia positions five times over the past 24 hours, the Republic’s defence authorities said.
The Zolotoye-5 settlement and the Logvinovo, Veselogorovka, Lozovoye and Zhelobok villages were targeted with 82mm mortars, anti-aircraft guns (Zu-23-2), infantry fighting vehicle cannons, recoilless guns (SPG), automatic grenade launchers (AGS), anti-tank rocket-propelled grenade launchers (RPG) and small arms, including large calibre small arms.
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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 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 January — Lugansk
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