4 October 2019, 14:11


LPR brings down Ukrainian reconnaissance UAV

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LUGANSK, October 4 (Lugansk Media Centre) – LPR Air Defense has brought down a Ukrainian UAV on reconnaissance mission along the contact line, said LPR People's Militia press service head Yakov Osadchiy.

He said that Ukrainian forces had intensified reconnaissance UAV missions in violation of the Minsk Agreements.

"LPR People's Militia regularly suppress any such activities."

"Another UAV flight was brought to an end by our Air Defense on October 3. An unmanned aerial vehicle belonging to the 46th brigade, quadcopter type, was moving from Schastye towards Veselaya Gora, as it was brought down by small arms fire," Osadchiy said.

He urged the OSCE SMM to include the incident into its report.

Employing combat aviation and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in 30km-wide zone along the line of contact is banned under Article 7 of Minsk Memorandum, with the exception to OSCE SMM UAVs.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 04 October — Lugansk