9 June 2020, 13:59


LPR militia intercepts Ukrainian army drone tracking OSCE monitors

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LUGANSK, June 9 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Lugansk People’s Republic militia intercepted a Ukrainian army drone in the Rassadki village area as it was monitoring OSCE Special Monitoring Mission personnel, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Yakov Osadchiy said.

Brigades from Ukraine’s “North” Operations and Tactical Group, in violation of the Minsk Agreements, use unmanned aerial vehicles on the contact line to track the observers’ movements in order to prevent the detection of banned weapons deployed in the area, Osadchiy said. “Today, a People’s Militia Triton-M1 radioelectronic warfare system crew intercepted and force-landed an enemy Phantom-type quadcopter in the Republic’s territory.” 

“Our specialists are examining the photos and videos retrieved from the drone,” he said.  "The flash drive might contain the evidence of spying on OSCE observers in 24th Brigade’s responsibility zone.”

“In this connection, we urge (“North” Operations and Tactical Group commander) Gen (Pyotr) Romigailo to check the competency of 24th Brigade commander (Col Valery) Gudz who deliberately discredits the Ukrainian leadership with provocations while knowing that the Contact Group talks have begun,” the spokesman said.

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 — 09 June — Lugansk