28 March 2019, 15:18



LPR militia downs Ukrainian drone launched from the Pervomaisk-Zolotoye disengagement zone

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LUGANSK, March 28 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Lugansk People’s Republic militia shot down a Ukrainian army unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) launched from Pervomaisk-Zolotoye disengagement area No 2, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“Today, at 11:00, another Mavik Pro UAV of 54th Brigade was shot down; it was launched from disengagement area No 2 (Pervomaisk-Zolotoye) for a reconnaissance mission in the Zolotoye-5 area,” Marochko said.

He urged the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission representatives to note this fact and put it in their reports.

The downed UAV was a gift to 54th Brigade servicemen from volunteers who continue to support undersupplied Ukrainian army units in the zone of the so-called Joint Forces Operation. The spokesman assured Ukrainian volunteers that their assistance was unavailing as “LPR People’s Militia air defence units regularly stop illegal enemy actions," and that "the Ukrainian army periodically falls short of its drones.”

Earlier, Marochko said that the militiamen downed a Ukrainian drone on a reconnaissance mission in the Kalinovo township area on March 26.

On December 13, 2018, the LPR militia shot down a Ukrainian army drone on a reconnaissance mission near the Logvinovo village, the Republic’s People’s Militia acting chief Mikhail Filiponenko said.

On December 4, militiamen shot down a Ukrainian attack drone heading towards Lugansk, while on December 2, a Ukrainian reconnaissance drone in the Zhelobok village area was shot down, LPR People’s Militia press service chief Yakov Osadchiy said.

In 2017, LPR air defence units downed more than ten Ukrainian army drones.

LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk on September 21, 2016 initialled a framework agreement on partial pullback of forces in Donbass, that was also signed by representatives of Ukraine, Russia and OSCE. The document provides for three disengagement areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Luganskaya and Petrovskoye (DPR territory). Heads of LPR and DPR Igor Plotnitskiy and Alexander Zakharchenko signed the agreement on 22 and 23 September, respectively. The disengagement was completed in Petrovskoye and Zolotoye areas. Kiev failed to pull back its forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya area for more than 70 times.

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 — 28 March — Lugansk