14 March 2019, 14:46


LPR militia helps Ukrainian serviceman defect to Republic

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LUGANSK, March 14 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Lugansk People’s Republic law-enforcers and militia helped Ukrainian serviceman Sergey Magdenko defect to the Republic, LPR People's Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“The Republic’s law-enforcement bodies, jointly with the People’s Militia, carried out a successful operation to help Ukrainian 54th Brigade serviceman Sergey Magdenko cross into our territory,” Marochko said.

“It becomes clear from his story that neither Ukrainian politicians nor armed formations want to end the Donbass conflict,” the spokesman said. “They pursue their selfish interests, so it’s obvious that peace will not return to our native land anytime soon.”

The service documents passed by Magdenko to the LPR are being carefully examined, he added.

Earlier, Marochko said that difficult service conditions made Ukrainian servicemen defect to the LPR.

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 — 14 March — Lugansk