24 January 2017, 12:59


LPR coalminer killed on way to work as Kiev forces shell Kirovsk – administration

An LPR coalminer was killed overnight as Kiev forces shelled Kirovsk, town administration officials said.

"A man was killed by shelling. The 48-year-old Bezhanovskaya coalmine employee died of fatal shrapnel wounds on his way to work. The body’s at the scene; an expert examination is due," the authorities said in a report.

"The shelling also damaged 60 newly replaced vinyl windows in the trauma, gynecology and surgery units of town hospital," they added.

Supposedly, the town came under fire from Novozvanovka direction, according to the report.

Kirovsk administration head Gennady Kartsev went to the scene of the accident at 7:00 a.m. on 24 January, together with Emergencies Ministry services officials, police officers and housing and utilities organisations representatives.

An investigation into the overnight shelling is ongoing, and journalists have come to the scene.

"Residential houses in vicinity of the impact site reportedly sustained damage to roofs and fencing. OSCE personnel drove up to the scene at around 10:00 a.m. on 24 January," a town official said.

The members of the Contact Group at the meeting in Minsk on December 21st agreed to enforce a comprehensive and durable ceasefire in effect from December 24th. The deal has become the 10th truce agreement since the autumn of 2014. Earlier, 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 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 — 24 January — Lugansk