4 July 2019, 14:27
LPR militia downs Ukrainian reconnaissance drone in Sokolniki area
LUGANSK, July 4 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Lugansk People’s Republic militiamen shot down a Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on a reconnaissance mission in the Sokolniki village area, LPR People’s Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko said.
“Yesterday, our militiamen prevented the enemy from using a drone on the Slavyanoserbsk axis,” Filiponenko said. "An enemy quadcopter was destroyed in the Sokolniki settlement area by well-organised air observation post personnel.”
The UAV belonged to the Ukrainian army’s 14th Brigade commanded by Col Sergey Voichenko.
“Our specialists are examining the photos and videos taken by the drone,” he added.
Earlier, Filiponenko said that LPR militiamen had downed a Ukrainian UAV on a mission to drop intimidating leaflets in the Republic’s territory.
LPR People’s Militia spokesman Yakov Osadchiy said that LPR air defence units shot down five Ukrainian army drones in April through May. Prior to that, Ukrainian reconnaissance drones were downed in the areas of Pervomaisk, Golubovskoye, Kalinovo, Sokolniki, Zolotoye-5 and the Pervomaisk-Zolotoye disengagement area.
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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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.
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