16 February 2017, 08:48
Kiev forces violate ceasefire nine times over 24 hours
Kiev forces shelled LPR People’s Militia positions nine times over the past 24 hours, the Republic’s defence authorities said.
Sokolniki village area was targeted three times with 120mm and 82mm mortars, infantry fighting vehicle cannons and small arms.
Kalinovo village area was shelled twice with 120mm mortars and AGS automatic grenade launchers.
Smeloye, Veselogorovka, Logvinovo and Kalinovka villages areas were shelled with mortars, ZU-23 anti-aircraft guns and grenade launchers.
No casualties have been reported.
The members of the Contact Group at the meeting in Minsk on December 21st agreed to enforce a comprehensive and durable ceasefire in effect from December 24th. The deal has become the 10th truce agreement since the autumn of 2014. Earlier, 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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.
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