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1 October 2019, 16:12

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LPR militia looking for OSCE drone downed by Kiev forces

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LUGANSK, October 1 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Lugansk People’s Republic militiamen are looking for an OSCE unmanned aerial vehicle shot down by Kiev forces at the contact line, LPR People’s Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“To prevent the detection of Ukrainian army hardware deployed in violation of the Minsk Agreements, Ukrainian criminals’ units continue to create obstacles to the operation of OSCE drones,” Filiponenko said.

“On September 26, our observation posts in the Sukhodol settlement recorded eight bursts of small arms tracer fire from positions of Ukrainian armed formations’ 46th Brigade in the Bolotennoye settlement area, when a OSCE SMM drone was on a mission in this area.”

An OSCE report confirmed the fact of Kiev forces’ firing at the UAV and its loss. At present, LPR militia are looking for the missing drone,” the LPR militia press service officer said.

Earlier, Filiponenko said that Kiev forces planted mines on roads used by OSCE Special Monitoring Mission patrols in order to block them and conceal the equipment deployed in the so-called “Joint Forces Operation” zone in violation of the Minsk Agreements,.

Filiponenko said that Kiev forces at the contact line had been hunting for OSCE drones since a Ukrainian general announced that reward money would be paid for downed UAVs.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 01 October — Lugansk