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6 March 2020, 15:50

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LPR downs two Ukrainian UAVs in a week

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LUGANSK, March 6 (Lugansk Media Centre) - LPR People's Militia downed two Ukrainian UAVs this week as they tried to cross the contact line, said LPR People's Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko.

"Over the past week, LPR's Air Defense coordinated actions with assistance of Triton-2M1 electronic warfare system resulted in downing two Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles as they attempted to cross the line of contact outside Vesyelaya Gora and Frunze. The fighters of the 46th and 93rd brigades planned to use them for reconnaissance purposes."

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 06 March — Lugansk