26 March 2019, 14:14


LPR militia downs Ukrainian reconnaissance drone in Kalinovo area

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LUGANSK, March 26 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Lugansk People’s Republic militiamen downed a Ukrainian drone on a reconnaissance mission in the Kalinovo township area, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“Today, at 06:30, a militiaman at an observation point saw an unmanned aerial vehicle flying from the Kiev-controlled Troitskoye village towards Kalinovo,” Marochko said.

“The observer reported the fact to company commanders who immediately ordered to destroy the enemy drone. The militia used small arms to prevent the unsanctioned UAV flight into the Republic’s territory, the spokesman said.

“An memory card was retrieved from the downed UAV; the recovered data will be shown to the public and attached to the criminal case against Ukrainian army 54th Brigade command and war criminal (Colonel Alexey) Maistrenko,” he added.

Marochko reminded that using UAVs in the contact line area in Donbass was a gross violation of the Minsk Agreements.

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.

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

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