22 January 2020, 16:31


LPR downs Ukrainian reconnaisance vehicle over Sokolniki

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LUGANSK, January 22 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Lugansk People’s Republic air defense forces shot down a Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on a reconnaissance mission in the Sokolniki township area, LPR People’s Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“Yesterday, January 21, a reconnaissance Phantom-type drone of the 93rd Ukrainian army brigade was spotted and shot down in the Sokolniki township area,” Filiponenko said.

The UAV sustained minor damage and will be repaired and further sent to the People's Militia.

The footage and images retrieved from the UAV are being examined.

According to the Article 7 of the Minsk Memorandum dated 19 September 2014, the use of combat aircrafts and UAVs is banned along the contact line in the 30km-wide zone of ceasefire, with the only exception made for the OSCE SMM aerial vehicles used to monitor the situation.

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 — 22 January — Lugansk