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21 May 2020, 14:40

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LPR militia units have joint combat training

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LUGANSK, May 21 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Lugansk People’s Republic militia units are having joint combat training, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Yakov Osadchiy said.

Earlier, LPR Head Leonid Pasechnik ordered the People’s Militia to go on full combat alert as Kiev forces mounted tensions on the contact line.

“Lugansk People's Republic militia units are on high combat alert; they are teaming up at Republic’s firing ranges,” Osadchiy said.

“We call for a peaceful settlement of the conflict; however, we’re ready to push back the enemy. Medical assistance to Ukrainian aggression victims remains our key priority,” the spokesman said.

On May 16, strikes by Kiev forces damaged the Mikhailovka-Kommunarskaya transmission line leaving without electricity vital civil infrastructure facilities and residential areas in the Republic. On May 17, Ukraine fired at the repair team twice despite the provided security guarantees.

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission patrol which was monitoring the transmission line repairs also came under fire. After the attack, Ukraine said the security guarantees were no longer effective and that it wound not immediately reissue them.

 Following the incidents, LPR leader Leonid Pasechnik demanded that Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky take measures to stop the unprovoked strikes at the LPR and provide the security guarantees for repairs at vital civil infrastructure facilities. He also stated that he had ordered the militia units to go on full combat alert.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 21 May — Lugansk