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30 July 2020, 11:49

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Kiev violates truce despite ceasefire control measures

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LUGANSK, July 30 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces violated the ceasefire in the responsibility zone of the Lugansk People’s Republic militia despite tighter ceasefire control measures introduced by the Contact Group, LPR People’s Militia chief of staff Yan Leschenko said.

“Despite the ceasefire accords, Ukrainian armed formations delivered provocative strikes at the Republic’s territory,” Leschenko said. “At 00:20, 93rd Separate Mechanised Brigade 2nd Battalion gunmen fired a grenade launcher towards our defenders’ positions in the Golubovskoye settlement. Then, at 00:50, a GP-25 underbarrel grenade launcher round was fired. At 1:45, gunmen fired four grenade launcher rounds and three automatic grenade launcher rounds. The enemy also delivered small arms fire in the intervals between grenade launcher shots.”

The provocative strikes were delivered immediately after the flight of an OSCE drone which monitored the ceasefire in the designated area from 20:00 to 00:10. It is worth noting that our observers recorded a green flare fired by the enemy; it was a signal that the OSCE monitoring equipment had left the above area, and also an order to open fire,” he said.

The Contact Group coordinated the introduction of additional ceasefire control measures starting at 00:01, July 27 at the July 22 videoconference.  The document bans offensive or reconnaissance operations,  use of any aerial vehicles, fire including sniper fire, deployment of heavy weapons to populated areas and adjacent territories, first of all, to civilian infrastructure, including schools, kindergartens, hospitals and public premises. It provides for effective implementation of disciplinary measures against violators of the ceasefire and notification the Contact Group Coordinator thereof, who further notifies all its participants; establishing and employing a coordination mechanism for reacting to ceasefire violations with assistance of the JCCC with its current membership; retaliatory fire in case of an offensive is allowed only if it is opened on the order of appropriate command of the Ukrainian armed forces or LPR, DPR People's Militia after unsuccessful attempt to employ the above mentioned mechanism. The Contact Group shall be notified of such orders.

The LPR People’s Militia said that on July 26, the order envisioned by the additional measures to strengthen the ceasefire was communicated to the militiamen.

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.

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 — 30 July — Lugansk