19 December 2017, 15:51



Kiev strikes on Stakhanov, Pervomaisk: 38 houses damaged; 7,000 customers without power (PHOTOS)

LUGANSK, December 19 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukrainian artillery strikes damaged nearly 40 houses and infrastructure facilities in Stakhanov and Pervomaisk leaving 7,394 customers without electricity, said LPR Council of Ministers acting first chairman, Emergencies Minister Sergey Ivanushkin.

“Stakhanov and Pervomaisk were shelled again; they came under massive fire this time,” Ivanushkin said. “Twenty apartment houses, 18 infrastructure facilities and gas pipes were damaged, and an outpatient hospital was cut off from power supply.”

 As of now, 7,394 customers and 43 electrical substations within Stakhanov area power grid have no electricity. A power outage occurred at 4th water supply booster pump station in Stakhanov, the official said adding that the repairs on damaged facilities were ongoing.

Ukrainian artillery shelled Stakhanov and Pervomaisk overnight to 19 December. An elderly woman died when a densely-populated Stakhanov district came under fire, and another three persons were wounded; the strikes damaged houses and broke gas pipes. A Pervomaisk resident was wounded in the shelling, and houses and infrastructure facilities were damaged.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 19 December — Lugansk