18 August 2018, 14:43


LPR dismisses reports of Kiev forces destroying Zhelobok strongpoint

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LUGANSK, August 18 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The LPR People's Militia has dismissed Ukraine's claims that its army had destroyed a Republican strongpoint outside Zhelobok killing LPR soldiers, said LPR People's Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko.

Ukrainian media earlier circulated a blogger's post saying a warehouse exploded outside Zhelobok killing four LPR soldiers and injuring 10, and burning down four IFVs. Other publications cited a volunteer saying Kiev forces burned down an LPR strongpoint outside Zhelobok.

"All the above mentioned news allegedly originating in Zhelobok are fake, Nothing like that took place," Marochko said.

"The algorithm of distributing such fakes is the same: originally some volunteer posts on social media, and it is being reposted by top Ukrainian media sources."

Marochko said this is done to keep up morale in the Ukrainian army.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than 20 times since autumn 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 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 — 18 August — Lugansk