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22 July 2019, 09:13

MILITARY&DEFENCE

Kiev “summer ceasefire” commitment lasts less than 24 hours - LPR militia

LUGANSK, July 22 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukraine observed the “summer ceasefire” in Donbass, effective since Sunday, for less than 24 hours, the Lugansk People’s Republic Office at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination reported.

“At 18:40, a strike at Pervomaisk from the direction of Zolotoye-4 was recorded,” the report said. ”Fire was delivered with underbarrel grenade launchers and small arms.”

The Contact Group at the meeting in Minsk on July 17 agreed the “summer ceasefire” in Donbass starting at 00:01 on July 21.

The LPR People’s Militia expressed its readiness, as before, to respect the truce and urged Kiev to honour its ceasefire commitments.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than 20 times since the autumn of 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 22 July — Lugansk