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1 February 2019, 18:39

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LPR militia records Ukrainian drone flights near contact line

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LUGANSK, February 1 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia recorded Ukrainian drone flights in the vicinity of the contact line, acting LPR People’s Militia chief Col Mikhail Filiponenko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre on Friday.

“The Joint Forces Operation” command stepped up UAV reconnaissance missions near the contact line,” Filiponenko said.

“UAV flights were recorded in the responsibility zone of the Ukrainian army’s 54th Separate Mechanised Brigade in the Popasnaya and Zolotoye-4 area and in the responsibility zone of 30th Brigade in the Luganskoye and Troitskoye settlements area,” he said.

In December 2018, LPR militia repeatedly reported the downing of Ukrainian drones. Ukrainian UAVs were shot down on December 13 and December 27 during their reconnaissance mission in the Logvinovo area and in suburban Lugansk. On December 2, LPR militia shot down a Ukrainian UAV on a reconnaissance mission in the Zhelobok village area, while on December 4, an attack drown headed for Lugansk was destroyed.

In November, LPR militia shot down three Ukrainian army UAVs.

In 2017, LPR air defence units downed more than ten Ukrainian army drones.

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 February — Lugansk