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20 May 2019, 16:17

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LPR downs Ukrainian UAV outside Sokolniki

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LUGANSK, May 20 (Lugansk Media Centre) – LPR People's Militia has brought down a Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicle on a reconnaissance mission outside Sokolniki, said LPR People's Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko.

"The LPR People's Militia cleared skies of a Ukrainian UAV of the 10th brigade," he said.

The debris of the drone have been recovered by the People' Militia, the discovered footage and pictures are being examined.

LPR People's Militia brought down five Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles in April and May, said earlier the LPR People's Militia press service head Yakov Osadchiy.

Employing combat aviation and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in a 30 km wide zone along the line of contact is banned under Article 7 of Minsk Memorandum, with the sole exception of 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 20 May — Lugansk