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10 December 2020, 16:59

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Kiev violates ceasefire 33 times since “Additional Measures” came into force - LPR militia

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LUGANSK, December 10 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces have violated the ceasefire 33 times since the Additional Measures to Strengthen the Ceasefire in Donbass came into force; as a result, one Lugansk People’s Republic militiaman was killed and two others were wounded, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Yakov Osadchiy said at a press briefing.

“Since July 27, 2020, when the package of tighter ceasefire control measures came into force, the LPR Office at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination has recorded 33 ceasefire violations by Ukrainian forces,” Osadchiy said.

Kiev forces delivered fire using 120mm mortars and sniper rifles. One LPR militiaman was killed in a Ukrainian strike in the the Logvinovo area, and another two were wounded in a Ukrainian provocation in the Pervomaisk area, he said.

At the July 22 videoconference, the Contact Group agreed tighter ceasefire control measures in Donbass starting at 00:01, July 27. The measures ban special operations, use of unmanned aerial vehicles, deployment of heavy armaments in and around residential areas. Return fire is allowed in case of an offensive, if the order to fire is given by the leadership of the Ukrainian army or DPR or LPR People’s Militia following the unsuccessful attempt to employ the coordination mechanism. The Contact Group shall be notified about such orders.

The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. Conflict settlement relies on the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, signed on February 12, 2015 in the Belarussian capital by the Contact Group members and coordinated by the Normandy Four heads of states (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution No 2202 of February 17, 2015 and called upon the parties to ensure its implementation.

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 — 10 December — Lugansk