LUGANSK, February 12 (Lugansk Media Centre) - LPR People’s Militia has thwarted Ukrainian commandos’ attempt to break through into the Republic's territory, LPR People’s Militia’s spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Andrey Marochko told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre on Monday.
“At 4:10 p.m on 12 February, an enemy force up to seven personnel assigned to Ukrainian army 58th separate motorised infantry brigade attempted to advance towards LPR People’s Militia position in Zhelobok area to probe for gaps in our defence and take our positions,” Marochko said.
“The enemy made a mistake. LPR militiamen, showing vigilance and resolve, detected the enemy and opened cross fire with service machine guns and assault rifles at the Ukrainian gunmen,” he said.
Three Ukrainian servicemen were killed while the rest, ”leaving the bodies of their colleagues who died an absurd death, retreated to Kostomarova tract, he added.
“Morale runs high among the Republic’s defenders who rebuffed the enemy attack. There have been no casualties among LPR militiamen,” the spokesman said.
“This fact is new evidence of Kiev’s exclusive focus on forceful solution of the Donbass conflict and its preparations for offensive amid increased intelligence activities,” Marochko said.
In November 2016, LPR militiamen in Zhelobok area, Slavyanoserbskiy District, destroyed a Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance squad which planned to carry out terrorist attacks in the Republic.
On 23 November 2017, three Ukrainian commandos died and another two were wounded in an attempt to break through to People’s Militia positions in Frunze area. One of the Ukrainian saboteurs, abandoned in a minefield by his colleagues, was later found by LPR militiamen who took him to hospital. The bodies of the dead saboteurs were handed over to Ukraine.
The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than ten times since autumn 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 12 February 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by its 2202 Resolution 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.