3 December 2019, 14:18


LPR militia downs Ukrainian reconnaissance drone in Sokolniki area (PHOTOS)

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LUGANSK, December 3 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Lugansk People’s Republic air defence forces shot down a Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on a reconnaissance mission in the Sokolniki village area, Slavyanoserbskiy district, LPR People’s Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“On December 2, a Phantom type drone on a reconnaissance mission in the responsibility zone of the Ukrainian army’s 14th Brigade in the Sokolniki settlement area was spotted and shot down thanks to skilful and well-organised actions of LPR air defence militiamen,” Filiponenko said.

Specialists are currently studying the information retrieved from the Ukrainian UAV flash drive, he added.

“We have recorded all crimes committed by 14th Brigade commander (Colonel Sergey) Voichenko and will pass the materials to the Republic’s Prosecutor General’s Office for attaching to the criminal case,” the press service officer said. “I ask representatives of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine to note the Ukrainian violation in their report and make Ukraine fulfil its commitments.”

Earlier, Filiponenko said that the LPR militia had downed a Ukrainian reconnaissance drone in the Novokiyevka area.

According to the Article 7 of the Minsk Memorandum dated 19 September 2014, the use of combat aircrafts and UAVs is banned along the contact line in the 30km-wide zone of ceasefire, with the only exception made for the OSCE SMM aerial vehicles used to monitor the situation.

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 — 03 December — Lugansk