17 March 2020, 19:21


LPR militia downs Ukrainian drone which adjusted fire at Donetskiy

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LUGANSK, March 17 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia air defence forces downed the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) which had been used by Kiev forces to adjust fire at the Donetskiy township, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Yakov Osadchiy said.

“Today, the Ukrainian army’s 93rd Brigade gunmen fired 82mm mortars at the Donetskiy township area as Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Mark Etherington was visiting the Republic,” Osadchiy said. “The order to open fire was issued by war criminal, 93rd Brigade commander (Colonel Dmitry) Bryzhinsky.”

Four houses were damaged in the shelling.

“The enemy used a drone to adjust fire.  Thanks to coordinated actions by the LPR militia air defence and Triton M1 radio electronic warfare system operators, an enemy Phanton-2 drone was detected and shot down in the Golubovskoye settlement area,” he said.

This lost war criminal Bryzhinsky another air monitoring asset,” the spokesman said. “Our specialists are examining the photos and video retrieved from the drone. They will pass them to the Prosecutor General’s Office as evidence in a new case against Ukrainian criminals.”

“We urge international organisations to make the Ukrainian military and political leadership stop provocations on the contact line which are aimed at escalating the Donbass conflict,” he said.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 17 March — Lugansk