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16 August 2018, 14:12

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LPR militiaman killed in Ukrainian army mortar fire

LUGANSK, August 16 (Lugansk Media Centre) - A Lugansk People’s Republic militiaman was killed in Ukrainian army mortar fire, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Yakov Osadchiy said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“An LPR People’s Militia serviceman was killed in the line of duty in barbaric mortar shelling which violated the “harvest ceasefire,” Osadchiy said.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than 20 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 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 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.

LuganskMediaCentre — 16 August — Lugansk