21 June 2017, 17:21



LPR: OSCE SMM deliberately fails to point out fire direction in Schastye shelling

The OSCE SMM has deliberately omitted any indication of the fire direction when reporting the shelling of Schastye on June 15, said LPR People's Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko.

 He reminded that on June 15 Kiev forces shelled Schastye from their positions outside Staryi Aidar injuring civilians to blame the LPR People's Militia.

"In their report the OSCE SMM deliberately omitted any indication of the fire direction in description of the Schastye  shelling incident, because the fire was opened from the Ukrainian side and it could be easily seen," Marochko said. "The round's tail which has stuck in the asphalt indicates the direction of fire, and the SMM members know it."

"I would like to ask the Special Monitoring Mission representatives to pay attention to the incidents when People's Militia positions and Kiev-controlled areas come under Ukrainian forces fire."

"The enemy's aggressive attitude is proved by the recent findings: 1.5km south of Staryi Aidar, the area of responsibility of the Ukrainian armed forces 14th brigade, positions of 82mm mortar have been disclosed, which shells our positions almost daily. Schastye   is being shelled from the same positions."

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire for more than ten times since autumn 2014. Kiev forces regularly violate the truce opening fire with heavy artillery, mortars and tank guns which should have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk Agreements.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 — 21 June — Lugansk