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2 June 2020, 15:55

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Minsk-2

LPR militia intercepts Ukrainian drone which monitored OSCE patrol ahead of provocation

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LUGANSK, June 2 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Lugansk People’s Republic militia intercepted a Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) which had been monitoring an OSCE Special Monitoring Mission patrol in order to stage a provocation on its way, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Yakov Osadchiy said.

“Our monitors record Ukrainian drone activity on the Svetlodar axis,” Osadchiy said. “Thanks to skillful actions by our servicemen who used a Triton-M system, a Phantom quadcopter was intercepted near the Uglegorsk settlement as it was monitoring OSCE SMM representatives.”

The drone was sent on a mission by the 24th Brigade 3rd Battalion commander, who acted upon orders from Brigade commander (Col Valery) Gudz to stage a provocation against an OSCE patrol,” the spokesman said.

24th Brigade 3rd Battalion servicemen tried to track the inspection route of an OSCE patrol to find the best location for staging a provocation against OSCE monitors, Osadchiy added.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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.

LuganskMediaCentre — 02 June — Lugansk