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11 September 2019, 17:27

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LPR militiaman killed in Ukrainian forces' strike at Frunze - spokesman

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LUGANSK, September 11 (Lugansk Media Centre) - A Lugansk People’s Republic militiaman was killed as Kiev forces shelled the Frunze township, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Yakov Osadchiy said.

“On the day of Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Mark Etherington’s arrival in the LPR, the (Ukrainian armed formations) command hopes to divert the monitoring mission’s attention from productive work in disengagement areas and Severskiy Donets bridge repairs, and tries to unsettle the contact line situation,” Osadchiy said.

“Today, at 14:45, Ukrainian armed formations 14th Separate Mechanised Brigade gunmen, at the order of war criminal (commander, Col Sergey) Voichenko, delivered a second strike with a mortar and recoilless gun at People’s Militia positions in the the Frunze settlement area,” he said.

“As a result of treacherous shelling, an LPR defender died of multiple fatal wounds,” the spokesman said.

Damage to civil infrastructure or civilian casualties were not immediately reported.

“We urge OSCE Monitoring Mission international observers to put pressure on Ukrainian armed formations to make them keep the truce,” Osadchiy said.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 11 September — Lugansk