22 March 2018, 16:19



LPR Mission to JCCC informs OSCE about provocative shelling by Kiev forces

LUGANSK, March 22 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The LPR Mission to the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination informed the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine about new provocative shelling by Kiev forces.

“The Ukrainian armed forces have been falsifying data on LPR People’s Militia ceasefire violations since the “spring” ceasefire came into effect,” the LPR People’s Militia stated on an official Telegram channel.

“Today, on March 22, 2018, a monitoring officer at the LPR Mission to the JCCC located in the Donetskiy settlement area, reported that Ukrainian forces had fired from the Novtoshkovskoye direction towards Ukrainian army positions with 82mm mortars, grenade launchers and small arms at around 2:30.

“The LPR Mission immediately reported the provocative shelling to the OSCE SMM team that liaises with the JCCC,” the statement said.

“We hope that OSCE SMM representatives will not ignore this information. The LPR People’s Militia continues to strictly abide by the ceasefire accord,” the JCCC said.

Earlier, LPR People’s Militia’s spokesman Andrey Marochko said that Kiev forces had fired on their own positions in the Stanitsa Luganskaya area hoping to provoke LPR militia into retaliating.

He also said that the Ukrainian army was using the ceasefire to mass its forces and hardware along the contact line.

LPR envoy to the Minsk talks, acting foreign minister Vladislav Deinego said after the Contact Group meeting in the Belarussian capital on 28 February that the parties had agreed “absolute ceasefire” effective from midnight, Kiev time, and 1:00 a.m., Lugansk time, March 5.

The LPR People’s Militia said it was ready to observe the truce. To facilitate ceasefire control, the LPR People’s Militia head issued an order committing all militiamen going on combat alert to sign a written pledge to observe the ceasefire.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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

LuganskMediaCentre — 22 March — Lugansk