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26 March 2020, 14:55

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LPR militia downs Ukrainian fire-adjusting drone in Kalinovo area

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LUGANSK, March 26 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Lugansk People’s Republic air defence units shot down a Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on a fire adjusting mission in the Kalinovo township area, LPR People’s Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“LPR air defence units and Triton-M1 electronic warfare system operators teamed up to down a Ukrainian army Phantom-4 type drone in the Kalinovo settlement area on March 25,” Filiponenko said.

The Ukrainian drone was reconnoitring and adjusting fire at the Republic’s territory, he added.

“The enemy ceased fire after losing a fire-adjusting asset and no more strikes were delivered at LPR militia positions or the Republic’s settlements after 15:00,” the press service officer said.

Earlier, the LPR militia shot down an Ukrainian UAV which had been adjusting fire at the Donetskiy township.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 26 March — Lugansk